Shown Through Imagery

Little Brother asks the pressing question, “How is the evolution of surveillance, changing us?” While I might site sources in regard to the degradation of liberties, and the clash of the public and private self, there is a clearer way to tackle these issues. We have many concepts about the world we live in presently. By showing alternate versions of that world, like Cory Doctorow does, we force the viewer the see the similarities and differences, or the lack thereof.

Surveillance is a fluid concept that has been changing as long as it has existed. Though the exact changes that surveillance, and specifically video surveillance, has undergone are difficult to discern, this goal remains the same. Surveillance has gotten better and better at being constantly effective and impossible to avoid, and though there was a time that this was fought against, that time has long since past. The concept of being watched to one degree or another is one that is simply grudgingly accepted. Especially outside of the United States, there are numerous countries where what used to be considered a gross invasion of privacy, is now a regular occurrence. Moral or ethical boundaries that are constructed in order to limit the use of video surveillance are in turn torn down to make way for a new and doubtless, necessary use of surveillance.

The ways in which surveillance affects people are too numerous to explain or show, regardless of the medium. This site was constructed to give a small window into the ways in which surveillance has changed how we live.