The Rise of the “Watcher Society”

My comment to this post on Hugh Howey’s “Wayfinder” blog…

It’s silly (sad even) that we live in a society where we are “watched” to see if we do anything “wrong.” (Both quoted terms are used loosely).

You could go to a beach, and while having fun doing some sort of dance be caught on video (uploaded to YouTube) for public spectacle (good or bad).

In this instance, Eli is who he is, and I respect that. I’m not going to judge him in any way, shape or form based on minutes of video. The sports media might (I’m not sure if they did), but why can’t Eli just go to his brother’s football game and watch it in whatever way suits him best?

Even if he is considered a “public figure” … that doesn’t mean every single morsel of his life needs to be turned upside down. (Not saying Hugh did that, he is of course sharing his awesome wisdom based on that).

Assume the best in people, indeed. Don’t fall for the public spectacle “knee-jerk” reactions (especially prompted by media). We all have faults, every single one of us. That doesn’t mean that every single instance that gets caught on a viewing media needs to be explicated 10^99.

We need to quit watching each other so much, assume better of people as Hugh has so eloquently pointed out, and focus more on the moments that actually mean something (in the big picture).

As for the Cam Newton share by Nan, good on him.


Further comments about the Watcher Society

Some of us worry about the NSA overreach into our private lives, and participate in activism to combat it.

But there’s one form of overreach that is becoming insane, and if we are to expect the NSA to quit watching everything we do … then we need to adopt behaviors that support the idea.

Otherwise, in the Watcher Society, you won’t be able to move around and live like a human being.

Every move you make will be watched in some form by someone, and even posted to public media without your consent to be scrutinized without proper context.

That is a dangerous society to live in for numerous reasons I won’t detail here.

And we are better than that (I hope).