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Suggestion for a new cultural/social shift. [Dec. 26th, 2011|12:04 pm]
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The aggressive erosion and redefinition of legal privacy by the ubiquity of public and private cameras has created a need for stronger social norms and boundaries.

I think there should be a social movement to respect individual boundaries on how their selves are documented and shared.

1. The default assumption should be asking before recording or sharing.

Especially in any situation where the photographer knows or is capable of communicating with the subject, including those who might be included by proximity (perhaps announcing photo being taken so they can move out of range). Certainly no one should post a picture of someone they know in any context without first getting permission. The idea it's too difficult to ask is a social construct; it takes little effort really, and were it the norm one would know well before the urge to snap or post arose

2. It should be socially acceptable for to say no.

Not just strangers, but friends and family should be able to refuse or request limits without pressure, guilt or shame. Having some sort of boundary is a rational and natural human reaction while the desire to use recording technology should be secondary.

3. Conversely excessive and/or unauthorized documentation should be unacceptable.

If social attitudes about respecting people's individual preferences about the use of their images were to change, perhaps this would make it easier to limit or roll back some of the use of surveillance as social control.

[User Picture]From: seawasp
2011-12-26 06:23 pm (UTC)
How does one change what's socially acceptable to the entire group as an OBJECTIVE, rather than an emergent "just happens" event, unless through incredibly powerful and omnipresent pressure from some group like, say, a government -- which would most likely prefer everyone to be visible everywhere?
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[User Picture]From: fengi
2011-12-28 10:24 am (UTC)
Well, I do think certain concepts of what's okay to say or do arise from people regularly requesting/insisting on it. This may occur within a wider movement of some sort, but as social norms all boil down to "don't be a jerk, respect others" it's often the idea of what's okay which changes first, because it relies on a critical mass of people saying something isn't. Plus I think there is a wider anti-surveillance movement starting - undoing a police state will be hard, but getting people to at least think about their own personal behavior might be easier.
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