Big Brother is shouting at you!

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  • Elsewhere

    Now this sounds creepy! It's like adults now have a nagging mother fussing at them all the time.

    Big Brother is shouting at you Last updated at 21:02pm on 16th September 2006

    Big Brother is not only watching you - now he's barking orders too. Britain's first 'talking' CCTV cameras have arrived, publicly berating bad behaviour and shaming offenders into acting more responsibly.

    The system allows control room operators who spot any anti-social acts - from dropping litter to late-night brawls - to send out a verbal warning: 'We are watching you'.

    Middlesbrough has fitted loudspeakers on seven of its 158 cameras in an experiment already being hailed as a success. Jack Bonner, who manages the system, said: 'It is one hell of a deterrent. It's one thing to know that there are CCTV cameras about, but it's quite another when they loudly point out what you have just done wrong.

    'Most people are so ashamed and embarrassed at being caught they quickly slink off without further trouble.

    'There was one incident when two men started fighting outside a nightclub. One of the control room operators warned them over the loudspeakers and they looked up, startled, stopped fighting and scarpered in opposite directions.

    'This isn't about keeping tabs on people, it's about making the streets safer for the law-abiding majority and helping to change the attitudes of those who cause trouble. It challenges unacceptable behaviour and makes people think twice.'

    The Mail on Sunday watched as a cyclist riding through a pedestrian area was ordered to stop.

    'Would the young man on the bike please get off and walk as he is riding in a pedestrian area,' came the command.

    The surprised youth stopped, and looked about. A look of horror spread across his face as he realised the voice was referring to him.

    He dismounted and wheeled his bike through the crowded streets, as instructed.

    Law-abiding shopper Karen Margery, 40, was shocked to hear the speakers spring into action as she walked past them.

    Afterwards she said: 'It's quite scary to realise that your every move could be monitored - it really is like Big Brother.

    'But Middlesbrough does have a big problem with anti-social behaviour, so it is very reassuring.'

    The scheme has been introduced by Middlesbrough mayor Ray Mallon, a former police superintendent who was dubbed Robocop for pioneering the zero-tolerance approach to crime.

    He believes the talking cameras will dramatically cut not just anti-social behaviour, but violent crime, too.

    And if the city centre scheme proves a success, it will be extended into residential areas.

    The control room operators have been given strict guidelines about what commands they can give. Yelling 'Oi you, stop that', is not permitted.

    Instead, their instructions make the following suggestions: 'Warning - you are being monitored by CCTV - Warning - you are in an alcohol-free zone, please refrain from drinking'; and Warning - your behaviour is being monitored by CCTV. It is being recorded and the police are attending.'

    Mr Bonner said: 'We always make the requests polite, and if the offender obeys, the operator adds 'thank you'. We think that's a nice finishing touch.

    'It would appear that the offenders are the only ones who find the audio cameras intrusive. The vast majority of people welcome these cameras.

    'Put it this way, we never have requests to remove them.'

    But civil rights campaigners have argued that the talking cameras are no 'magic bullet', in the fight against crime.

    Liberty spokesman Doug Jewell said: 'None of us likes litterbugs or yobs playing up on a Saturday night, but talking CCTV cameras are no substitute for police officers on the beat.'

  • nelly136

    cameras giving on the spot fines for talking back to them will probably follow

  • fullofdoubtnow

    Interesting, it would be fun to be in the city centre to see the reaction of some of the yobs if they tried that around here.

  • DanTheMan

    Last year I read about some new technology that can focus soundwaves like a laser beam, so that a message aimed at the ear of a single person in a crowd is only heard by that person, and to them it's as if the sound is inside their head. So that'll be next, lol. All of the sudden you'll hear a voice in your head, "please don't shoplift that ____ in your hand" or "We see you getting ready to fight, please stop". One of the applications discussed in the article was retail, where messages would be sent directly to customers about a 'sale on X' or 'i see you have this in your cart, wouldn't you also like that?'. You can imagine how sophisticated this technology could get.

    To be honest I don't like the book 1984 very well because Orwell's focus was on communism, so USA'ers seem to have a "can't happen here" attitude regarding totalitarianism. And Orwell's totalitarianism wasn't enforced by shaming methods, which as we all know from our JW experience is as powerful a motivator as any.

  • Elsewhere
    Last year I read about some new technology that can focus soundwaves like a laser beam

    That would be LRAD technology. It is also used as a non-lethal weapon by directing a sound so loud that the person cannot stand it.

  • choosing life
    choosing life

    It is interesting that Orwell wrote about English socialism. His concern about the relinquishing of personal privacy is very applicable today. No one wants to give up the very private part of their lives. To be watched by cameras is already a commen occurance. When we have to start interacting with these cameras, this is another step to giving up our privacy.

    I am afraid that is the way the world is headed, though. We all know how hard it can be to have to hide from people and not be able to speak our opinions as we would like. In the US, many liberties are being taken for granted and the current administration is abusing its power. One thing is for sure- they always use fear as a tactic or excuse. Fear is probably the greatest motivator because we all want to feel secure. The society uses it well-fear of losing loved ones, fear of being shamed etc.

    Interesting article. Thanks for posting it.

  • jaguarbass

    'This isn't about keeping tabs on people, it's about making the streets safer for the law-abiding majority and helping to change the attitudes of those who cause trouble. It challenges unacceptable behaviour and makes people think twice.'

  • Forscher

    Notice where that is from Elsewhere.
    We are told how bad our government is by folks who have that going on.


  • abbagail

    That IS creepy, whether they say "Thank You" at the end or not.

    How nice of Robocop to have brought it to your fair city.

    Definitely a sign of the times.


    Any Americans who can't see what's happening over here must have their heads in the clouds. It's bad, and it's coming. The CFR already has 2010 pegged as the end-date for the North American Union (of course they wanted all this by 2000, so they are already six years behind schedule). This is no brand new "plan" out of the blue; they've been working on this for 50-60 years already, actually longer if you follow the trail.


  • nelly136

    we already have cameras all over the place, they follow you wherever you go, i'm surprised they dont have ones that can listen to your conversations so you can be monitored....or maybe they already do.

    they already want to monitor our puter use if theyre not already, they want to stick black boxes on our cars and roads so they can keep records on where you go what you do,

    and now they want to target asbo babies before theyre born, britain the land of the free??? mwahahahahaha

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