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CAMERA AS JUDGE AND JURY by David Evans
« on: September 07, 2009, 07:05:16 am »
In responding to the summary dismissal of LeGarrette Blount from the University of Oregon football team for punching a Boise State player, an acquaintance marvelled at the disproportionate influence the camera had over the judgment of officials on the field.  In identifying “the camera” as the prevailing arbiter of right and wrong in that incident, it inspired me to look closer at the technology that spawned its seeming omnipresence in our lives.
 
Not only has the explosion in transistor chip/computer technology given us laptop computers 10,000 to 15,000 times more capable than the mainframe that coordinated the Saturn/Apollo Project, but we have the Internet, the Global Positioning System, literally hundreds of cable channels, and more information than we want or need.  Amidst this kind of competition, high tech equivalents of the National Enquirer have found a new marketplace: Witness extensive coverage of the “sermons” of Rev. Jeremiah Wright and “funerals” of James Brown and Michael Jackson.  We see it also in the blog responses to online editorials and news articles where filters for logic and civility are far more porous than in the printed media.  I dare say that a few organized political partisans can appear much larger (and intimidating) in the blogosphere than their actual number.
 
At some point official judgment must either be respected or discarded in deference to technology.  If the latter becomes our fate, trials in the court of high technology would never end and the evidence would be infinite (security cameras, highly sophisticated, but inexpensive personal movie and still cameras, credit card records, records of cell phone usage, computer browsing records, tight shots of the referee’s eyes when play was actually happening, etc., etc.,…).
 
In courts of law the judge must sometimes declare compelling evidence to be impermissible because of the way it was acquired or because of the time at which it was presented.  Perhaps we have reached such a time in our daily lives with the pervasion of technology in information we receive and transmit.
 
I'm not defending LeGarrette Blount's crude and unsportsmanlike conduct, but I am wondering if we have permitted image-recording technology to assume undue influence at the expense of due process.


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Re: CAMERA AS JUDGE AND JURY by David Evans
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009, 07:28:02 pm »
Tom Friedman was on Meet The Press this Sunday and the Obama aide who is resigning due to inflamatory comments he made about Republicans getting on the web (he also signed a 9/11 truther petition) was mentioned.

Mr. Friedman noted that with Youtube everyone is a filmmaker, with digital cameras, everyone is a photographer and with blogs everyone is a newspaper. He also said that the cumilative effect of all this was that there is now a narrow band of behavior that you can do in public and not have it recorded for all time on the internets.

So the end result of all this is that you always have to watch yourself in public.


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Re: CAMERA AS JUDGE AND JURY by David Evans
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2009, 11:12:46 pm »
I think these conservative pundits will live to regret what they did to Van Jones.

There is a grassroots movement needed to counter the presence of the lunatics out there and he is just the man to lead it.

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Re: CAMERA AS JUDGE AND JURY by David Evans
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2009, 07:08:22 am »
I think these conservative pundits will live to regret what they did to Van Jones.

There is a grassroots movement needed to counter the presence of the lunatics out there and he is just the man to lead it.


Don't mind the small stuff.  It's not even a minor setback.  From what I understand the resignation was voluntary.

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Re: CAMERA AS JUDGE AND JURY by David Evans
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2009, 07:49:13 am »
I think these conservative pundits will live to regret what they did to Van Jones.

There is a grassroots movement needed to counter the presence of the lunatics out there and he is just the man to lead it.


Don't mind the small stuff.  It's not even a minor setback.  From what I understand the resignation was voluntary.

But why should it have happened at all?  Given the number of ex-Klansmen and folks with ties to racist organizations in Congress and the last administration - and none of them were shamed out of their position because of their past (and not so past).

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Re: CAMERA AS JUDGE AND JURY by David Evans
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2009, 09:50:23 am »
This is the irritating tightrope that Obama must walk.

He and everybody around him must seem midde of the road and non-threatening.

That the opposition is for the most part deluded racist ideologues(We'll be dammed if a nigra pres'dent lectures OUR kids on studing hard! Hell, they might start looking UP to tha darky!!) is irrelevent.

I think the 9/11 truthers are...severely reality challeged AT BEST, but Glenn Beck is freaking certifiable.