Camping with a tiny bit of social commentary on
security, privacy and
the freedom to get away from it all.
Ok, so this isn’t really security cam footage – it’s a self portrait from the Johnson Key chickee in Florida Bay. However the scenario is not really that far fetched, and the technology is certainly ready. As a society, we have been edging closer and closer to a total surveillance society for decades. Parts of the world are already there, but the same trend is evident throughout the world, including the USA. Some of this is due to the possibilities presented by new technologies, part of it is in response to the new tech and part is just plain naivete and greed. A lot has to do with salesmanship in the name of more and better “security” and perceived “safety”. So somewhere soon, perhaps even now a clever company might “propose” to improve visitor safety with remote wireless monitoring systems.
But is this the right thing to do? Does more surveillance really make us much safer?
What privacy expectations can one have in the middle of nowhere?
Is there a broader shift underway in managing the backcountry Park user experience?
These, among others are tough questions that are not even really being asked nor debated.
Welcome to the machine as it rolls on ..
and over individual liberties, freedom and privacy.
In the meantime, keep on camping.
It’s the best way to disconnect from
the machine! 😉
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