Susan Murray has an op-ed piece in the Washington Post wherein she posits that reality television is making America more comfortable with a surveillance society. And then she says:
But reality TV does play a crucial role in mitigating our resistance to such surveillance tactics. More and more of these programs rely on the willingness of “ordinary” folk to live their lives in front of cameras. These people choose to have sex, get married, give birth, compete for prizes, work, fight, weep and brush their teeth in front of millions. We, as audience members, witness this openness to surveillance, normalize it and, in turn, open ourselves up to such a possibility.
Some of us have a desire to become reality TV celebrities; others set up a blog or a webcam.
Dammit! Now that we’ve been fingered as undercover operatives, do you think the checks from the federal government will stop?
Also, will someone please call for a Congressional inquiry to find out who leaked our undercover operation?