Posted by: thescoundrel | June 9, 2007

Voyeur Visions -The World Shrinks a Little More


Back in April I was lamenting about how with voyeur programs like Google Earth, privacy is quickly becoming a thing of the past. I was just reading an article over on MSNBC, by Michael Liedtke, talking about the new and improved voyeur vision by Google called “Street View”. It takes the Google Earth program to the next logical step. Now instead of just zooming in of an overview of your home they now are zooming in and taking snapshots that show clear views of the people wandering the streets of the World. It is fast evolving into voyeur’s and private detective’s clandestine exhibition show. And as cameras and digital reprocessing get better there will be even less privacy. Now spying on people is nothing new. Just like the character Clark Kent in the TV series Smallville, as a kid when you got tired of looking at the various stars in the sky, it was a lot of fun zooming around the neighborhood with the telescope trying to catch your neighbors up to some nefarious deed. Unfortunately, I never spotted any evil doings or deadly vampire activity in my tiny town to run off to the rescue of any local damsel in distress. Heck, 😦 , I didn’t even have a pair of those fancy Blue Long Johns with a big letter “S” embroidered on the front. Eventually we will not need a telescope to spy on each other as the “Street View” technology improves to the point they offer fresh updates of people wandering and driving the streets. Now some of that may sound fun but anyone who is a baseball fan knows that too many cameras can distract unless you like being grossed out. One of the things that has evolved about baseball is too many cameras catching too many people doing things you would rather not see happen. I cannot begin to count the numerous times a camera has zoomed in on a sports player or coach spitting terbaccy, picking boogers often with the pitchers fingers rammed halfway up his nose (and the umpires don’t even make him wipe the finger off before he throws the ball), offering up crude hand signals (actually as TV picture quality increases the easier it has become to read lips that are not always offering friendly words of encouragement), throwing a punch (this ones for you Carlos Z.), adjusting the package (sorry baseball managers but there are less offensive habits to participate in when the Cardinals load the bases right before Albert Pujols comes to bat and you get nervous) and other things your mama told you not to say, do or scratch when you are in public view. And do you really want to zoom in on some drunk wandering the street who has decided that anywhere in the great outdoors is his bathroom. No Thanks! And in a more challenging consideration – do you want the better half able to spy online that you have snuck off with your friends for a night on the town while leaving them home alone to watch reruns of Gilligans Island. The boss will be able to know if your vehicle is sitting in front of your house or out roaming the streets when you are supposed to be home in bed with a cold. Of course the good parts will be that you can spy on your kids even when you are working and know whether or not they are lying about where they have been and who they have been there with. And eventually I should be able to pull up Wrigley Field when the Cubs are playing, at least until they find a way to scramble the feed. Eventually the spying possibilities will only be limited by your inclinations and Internet connections. The World continues to shrink and as it does our lack of privacy grows!!!

And on a more positive thought – How about them Cubbies!!!!!!!! They have been looking pretty good the last few games. Sigh, Hope I didn’t just jinx them! Go Cubs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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