Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Big Brother's voice

The British government is moving forward with plans to install loudspeakers with surveillance cameras, so that operators can shout instructions at Englishmen and Englishwomen who get out of line.

Home Secretary John Reid defended the scheme, saying it was aimed at "the small minority who think it is acceptable to litter our streets, vandalise our communities and damage our properties." Reid added that schools in many areas were holding competitions for children to become the "voice" of CCTV cameras.

"Smith!" screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. "6079 Smith W.! Yes, you! Bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You're not trying. Lower, please! That's better, comrade. Now stand at ease, the whole squad, and watch me."

2 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

Perhaps someone needs to explain to the Brits that "1984" was a cautionary tale and not a "How To" manual.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous sunni said...

LOL @ michael's comment!

11:56 AM  

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