He has been called the “Creepy Cameraman,” and for good reason. It’s clearly more than a little unsettling for the subjects of his surveillance.
It’s not clear who the person is, or what type of camera he’s using, but technology author and blogger Brian S. Hall makes the point that this could be a preview of our future, with technology such as Google’s Project Glass making cameras and recording devices even more pervasive in our daily lives.
It certainly brings it to our attention, impinges on something in us but I’m not exactly sure what that is. If a cameraman was on the other side of the road filming me, my instinct would be to cross the road, demand an answer and when I didn’t get it, take his equipment and hurl it into the road.
Our society was perhaps never so easily offended by filming – remember Candid Camera and such shows? It’s just the last few years of the surveillance society I suppose and a general feeling of anger. This is worrying me too. Amfortas made some comment on Russia before and I found myself hitting back and then I stopped and thought – why? He’s someone I agree on on most things.
Perhaps it’s just that we’re in a cauldron over here, something triggers it and there we are. Perhaps this is behind the road rage which has been steadily getting worse. Being filmed like that though would really cause me to attack and that’s not a nice trait to encourage.
There are societies where it has never been on and Russia was one of those. They were under the camera lens for so long in the USSR that there is a natural suspicion of anyone photographing them unasked.
Maybe “unasked” is the keyword here.