I have a new friend. Every day this blackbird ventures to the front of my kitchen window. He pecks around on the ground, finds a few tasty bits and pieces and then stays awhile. Is he watching me or is it the other way round. Both of use are exposed: me to the curiosity of a blackbird, and the blackbird to my camera.
I noticed on a BBC police detecive series, that Mr. Swiss recorded, that everytime a new crime appeared they consulted the CCTV. It seems in England Big Brother must be watching everyone everywhere as it has now become part of daily life. We do have it in Switzerland, although it seems that certain reponsible people forget to change the film in the camera or whatever or do not even bother to install CCTV. When my purse was stolen on a train a couple of years go, my bank discovered that someone tried to use my card on one of those cash machines five minutes later. Was there a camera to record who was doing it? No of course not, we are all honest citizens in Switzerland – not.
I am am now very happy with my online photo programme, Flickr. I have had the app on my iPad, iPhone and computer for at least almost 10 years. On my phone and pad all I had to do was take a photo, and transfer the photo via an app to the programme. This is now a thing of the past. I take a photo and the job is done. I go to the programme, wait a few seconds and the photo arrives already in Flickr. The photo goes to a special folder and is marked private. All I have to do is the necessary if I want it to be public and organise it to where I want it to go, which I always had to do in any case. It is perfect. As I am a paying customer, my usage is unlimited. If I was not a paying customer I would have 1 Terabyte allowed in any case. What could be better? Now nothing is safe from my mobile phone camera. I took a few shots of flowers this morning in the supermarket and on the way home in the car they had already arrived on my Flickr app.
There is now immediate exposure everywhere. If you have a computer and write blogs you are completely exposed and if you are in facebook, all the more. I am in Facebook, but very rarely tell people, complete with map and name, of the plae where I am now having a drink. I also do not let everyone know that I will be away for a few days or evebn hours- who is really interested? Of course there are always the groupies that press a like and make a smiley and a thumbs up. Life today is one big exposure, so do not forget you might be watching them, but they are watching you as well.
This new development is so good, I just took a photo of my workplace, so that you can all share a glimpse at my computer, the empty plate where I had a piece of lemon tart with whipped cream and my box of paper handkerchiefs, which at the moment is a constant colleague. All in the space of a few seconds it happened. Is this what George Orwell had in mind when he wrote 1984 and the famous phrase “Big Brother is watching you” appeared. It probably was. Be careful of those people with those phone cameras,they are everywhere, no-one is safe. We are all exposed today. “Mr. Swiss put that telephone down, I am not lookling my best at the moment. I have a red nose because of the cold I was exposed to that you donated.”