Salt Lake City police have installed four cameras in Pioneer Park, one on each side. It’s the latest attempt to clean up an historic park that, for decades, has been a cesspool of drugs and mischief.
Civil libertarians, of course, are bothered. The ACLU raised the specter of “big brother.”
I used to have those concerns, too. But now it’s useless to worry. Have you ever counted how many times during a day you have at least a bit part in someone’s video? Virtually every time you enter a private business, use an ATM or walk down the street, someone gathers a record of it. If it isn’t on some official surveillance camera, you can be sure a bunch of cell phones are standing at the ready to put you on YouTube the second you do something stupid.
Salt Lake is actually behind the curve on this. Here’s a story out of Chicago on Mayor Daley’s plan to put a camera on every street corner.
With so many electronic eyes watching, no one is really watching. If there really were people behind all those cameras, unemployment wouldn’t be a problem.
You tell me, do we have reason to worry?