I prefer not getting “used to being watched” whenever I am on campus or off (CDT, Thursday), and the arguments made for super-surveillance do not merit the number of cameras on and off campus.
Using the argument that the cameras are for protection is a loaded term used to denigrate privacy advocates.
The university once belonged to the public sphere, an open space for researching, and debated what it means to be human. Instead, we are being sucked into a corporate system that is so Orwellian that it makes “1984” feel dated.
Yet Paul Ruskin, business operations coordinator at the Office of Physical Plant, says “get used to it.”
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Babies are being born today that will have every minute of their lives recorded.
It sounds Orwellian because it is. Is super-surveillance one more form of domination? Yes. Have we lost our privacy? Yes. And the technophiles won’t stop watching even when we are sitting on the stool.
Ronald V. Bettig