More people, More cameras

By Amy Zents

I believe that our generation will be the most well-documented generation of all time.
Everywhere you go, you see people with cell phones taking pictures.

People take pictures of everything, not to mention video. It’s amazing how everyone now aspires to being a movie star.

The Me Generation.

It’s not bad to be self-conscious. Like it or not, you will be in somebody’s photo whether you want to be or not. It’s just dumb how people indiscriminately take photos of everything.

There’s very little that is secret nowadays with cameras and video.

If you would like to see inside the Vatican or you would like to see inside somebody’s garage, you could probably find a way.

Signs that say no video photography or no camera photography are ignored.

From movie theaters, to the live theaters on Broadway, to the great concert halls around the world, people in charge have a hard time preventing audience members or others from taking photos or video.

Documentation for representation.

The paper trail is getting smaller. They have stopped automatically giving paper receipts at the liquor store or at the grocery store in my town. Everything is going electronic, at least that’s the way it seems nowadays. Even plastic, aka credit cards instead of currency is becoming more common. I saw someone pull out his checkbook this morning and I thought, Dark Ages! LOL!

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Camera Pressure

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Today I was alone swimming laps in the deep-end of the local swimming pool. Two ladies were in the shallow-end talking, and there were a few folks soaking in the adjacent hot tub.
A man suddenly appeared poolside with a video camera to tape the head of the Park and Rec Department.
Apparently, they were making a video of the whole facility.
Whilst swimming my laps I attempted my best Esther Williams imitation.
I was surprised to see them taping in my little corner of the world. But these days nothing’s off-Iimits.
What surprised me even more was why one of the gents in the hot tub did not want to be taped on-camera, and hopped in the pool when he caught sight of the video camera.
Anyways, it got me thinking about the future.
As far as I can tell, cameras and drones are going to be far more present, and with them more pressure will be brought to bear on the public.
More pressure to want to look good on camera, to avoid being caught on camera, to own cameras for safety and pleasure, overall, more “camera pressure!”
Will it be camera-equipped “Big Brother-like” drones as in George Orwell’s “1984” or camera-equipped drones as in “America’s Funniest Home videos?”
Only time will tell!

Musically yours,

Amy Zents