Tuesday, February 21, 2012
"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself--anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face...; was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime..."
George Orwell, 1984, Chapter 5
Someone posted the above photo on Facebook. As far as I'm aware, it's 100% genuine rather than a Photoshop job. What Orwell have thought of CCTV cameras is a moot point (or what he would have thought of the TV show Big Brother, come to think of it).
Indeed, it's somewhat ironic that in the country which birthed Orwell and Huxley - those two English masters of the dystopia - "there are reportedly more cameras per person than in any other country in the world". Admittedly I'm being lazy and using Wikipedia to find that fact - but it citates as its source this Guardian article, the contents of which I have no reason to disbelieve. And then there's these jawdropping facts:
A 2008 Report by UK. Police Chiefs concluded that only 3% of crimes were solved by CCTV. In London, a Metropolitan Police report showed that in 2008 only one crime was solved per 1000 cameras.
So, leaving aside the use of CCTV cameras for recording traffic infringements, that still means that 999 CCTV cameras out of every 1000 in London achieved absolutely bugger all in 2008 - four years ago, admittedly, but still a shocking statistic. And that, despite the enormous amount of money that's been spent on them, 97% of all crimes in that year weren't solved by CCTV. More depressing still is the fact Germany has far less CCTV cameras and yet still has a lower crime rate than the UK. Now that is something worth thinking about...
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Here's two gigs I'm involved with coming up soon (with some nifty looking flyers designed by me if I may say so myself - anyone looking for any paid flyer design work?!). The February 25th gig will have myself playing onstage with Divisionists, as part of an EP launch party. The 24th March gig, meanwhile, is promoted by me, as part of the usual GoodnightLondon/Pennyblackmusic gig nights (though I won't be playing onstage). I'll be hanging out at both!
Friday, February 10, 2012
Here's another article by me, this time for The Clerkenwell Post, on the ubiquitous Banksy. It's worth watching the film I mention - Exit Through The Gift Shop - just to hear Banksy's heavily modulated Bristol twang in all it's glory...click on the jpgs for a closer read of the text.