society functions on trust. you can't have civil society with people who are anonymous. you need to see their emotions and their intent. even wearing sunglasses is evasive and makes you seem untrustworthy
we already have it in the form of everyone with a cell phone camera. if anything remotely interesting in public happens, 5 or 6 people are filming it and its uploaded within the hour and mirrored forever beyond any possible take back within a few hours
if loss of privacy bothers you, the concept of little brother should bother you more than the concept of big brother. you can hold government accountable and force it to abide by rules and sue it. you can't do that with every random anonymous yahoo around you
1. the footage shouldn't be public. there's a lot of interaction that cops deal with which is embarrassing and private for individuals. your underage arrest has to live with you forever? your suicide attempt or domestic issues should be open to prying eyes? no, no, no
2. the footage shouldn't be under the control of local police departments. "oops, sorry, i 'bumped the server' and we lost the footage of that controversial shooting by my buddy nate. oh well"
state level? federal level?
and then really solid rules about who gets to access what footage must be enacted. something similar to HIPAA rules and fines
no, it's not newsworthy
but it feels good giving them as much bad PR as we can handle
post a story like this every other month
"consumers screwed by oligopolies" category should be a thing
it's not name calling. it's an objective description of the content of your character
you are truly the poster boy for mindless cynicism. 100% loser
I want us to be as successful at controlling corruption as Canada and the Nordic countries.
I didn't know such a goal counts as science fiction.
I described a certain mindless cynic in my post. You are exactly such a loser. You are the problem.
so you want to be the poster child of exactly the sort of loser i am describing?
when i describe a pathetic attitude, it helps not to respond by exactly fitting the pathetic description
or perhaps canada is actually doing a much better job of controlling corruption
i don't think canada is a utopia
i specifically said "canada and the nordic countries that, while not perfect, do a much better job"
every country has problems. and there is corruption in canada. but canada is doing a much better job of keeping corruption in check than the usa. we can demand better, we do not have to accept the lame status quo in the usa og basically legalized corruption such as with 2010 citizens united when the supremes basically betrayed the american people to corporations and plutocrats
doesn't mean i think we can defeat corruption forever. doesn't mean i think it will be easy. but we can, and should, get money out of politics to the best of our ability. and certainly not roll over and accept it and say "well, that's just the way it is." no, it's not just the way it is
will be a bunch of cynical comments about this being just the way it is
but there are countries like canada and the nordic countries that, while not perfect, do a much better job of keeping money out of politics than the usa
cynicism is common, but i don't like it because people use it to think they have to lie down and accept this sort of legalized corruption
in many ways, i think the cynicism is worse than the malicious corporations. because there's always people who are robbing you in this world. you have defend yourself and fight them. but what can you say about people who roll over and take the abuse?
we don't have to accept it
and we start by changing the lame cynical attitudes out there
that might be you
that might mean speaking up when you hear cynicism and people snickering or nodding in agreement with it
for speaking up and say wallowing in mindless cynicism is a form of accepting the abuse and is part of the problem, you may get ridiculed and flak for that. but think about what kind of mindset is mocking you, and take it as a point of pride
we have to be the solution here. all of us. i didn't say it was easy. but i and many others are not going to continue to accept this, and i would hope more people would join us
start by losing the cynicism
north korea is the westboro baptist church of countries
they want to offend
like an internet troll, every negative reaction is positive reinforcement