Big Brother is us? I hope not.

I’m sitting here grading papers from my ethics class, and a paragraph from one essay causes a wee bit of concern:

“…last year, a fight broke out in the West Hall, and half the residents took out their camera phones to record the incident. As a resident assistant, when we see a fight break out, we are supposed to record it on our phones instead of break it up so the police have something to look at afterwards. But to see residents pull out their camera phones instead of stopping their friends from fight, it was inappropriate.”

Um, does this concern anybody but me? It’s one thing to record events like these for “news” purposes, however you define that, but to become an extension of the government in so doing is, well, a little disconcerting. Who knew that Pogo was so right. “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”


  1. Along these lines is this fascinating TRUE story featured on “This American Life” — cute and sobering.

    Doves-tails nicely with our obsession with celebrity — especially our own potential to become one of them. It boggles the mind to envision these kids 10 or 15 years from now with their HD camera-computer-GPS-fusion reactor-CO2 scrubbing-cellphones, can you say CJ?

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