In London, 300 times a day!

Oct 20th, 2003, 03:09 PM
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In London, 300 times a day!

According to an article in the latest issue of National Geographic, British sociologist Clive Norris estimates this happens to the average visitor to London a wapping -- no, make that whopping -- 300 times in a single day.

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Oct 20th, 2003, 03:13 PM
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Oct 20th, 2003, 03:22 PM
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Hmmmmm, given that Capo is asking this question, I think the clue is wapping.
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Oct 20th, 2003, 03:23 PM
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Their photograph is taken by surveillance cameras?
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Some tourist does not listen and Falls through the Gap!
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Oct 20th, 2003, 03:30 PM
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They ask for more ice in their Coke.
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They ask if they can have their beer COLD!
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They are cordially welcomed to Trafalgar Square by a splattering of pigeon droppings?
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Oct 20th, 2003, 03:35 PM
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Hah! Nice try, Grasshopper.

Scarlett! You're right, right away. Congratulations.

According to the article, "Watching You", sociologist Norris estimates that the average visitor to London is now captured on video 300 times in a single day.

The article goes on to say "In an exhaustive study of surveillance trends in the United Kingdom, Norris and his colleague Michael McCahill conclude that cameras are becoming so omniprescent that all Britons should assume their behavior outside the home is monitored. Not being publicly surveilled is fast becoming the rare exception."

as well as this bit...

"In the 18th century, jurist Jeremy Bentham imagined an ominous structure called a panopticon (from Greek meaning "all-seeing"). The structure had a central guard tower from which every inhabitant could be watched at any time without knowing it. Britain's modern twist is the volunatary panopticon -- where citizens seem only too pleased to be watched over. What was originally proposed as perhaps the ideal weapon of coercion is now being sought at a shield to protect free society from itself."

The article also lists Vienna, Berlin, Brussels, and Dublin as other European cities where public video systems are now proliferating. So when you go to pull euros out of your new lingerie money belt, guess who's watching?
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Gee, that's about once every 3-4 minutes if you eliminate 8 hours for sleeping. I'm stumped.
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Oct 20th, 2003, 03:39 PM
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Thank you, thank you, I am honored to have gotten this right! Is my prize, by any chance, a free trip to London? I would be willing to wear those silly underwear if it is a condition..Thank you capo, dear, it was fun
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