Thursday, November 02, 2006
Britain, we learn, is subject to more surveillance than almost anywhere else. We have 4.2 million CCTV cameras and every one of us is snapped several hundred times a day. Meanwhile, we also learn, that our young people are the worst behaved in Europe. Thanks, so they say, to familial breakdown, we do drugs, drink, violence and promiscuity on a truly monumental scale. It is another paradox. CCTV cameras are supposed to stop these things, but they seem to be encouraging our debauchery. Perhaps we just love being on television. Or perhaps the CCTV wonks just like watching us reeling about the streets, copulating and beating each other up. Either way, I'm in Denmark so what do I care?
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 4:03 pm