Camera Pressure


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