domingo, maio 21, 2006

Sociedade disciplinar

Jonathan Raban, The Guardian
In the last few years, most of us - even instinctive technophobes like me - have become practised in the dark art of surveillance. When I'm going to meet a stranger at dinner, I'll routinely feed her name to Google and LexisNexis to find out who she is and what she's been up to lately. If you know the person's street address, you can spy on her house with Google Earth, and inspect the state of her roof and how she keeps her garden. A slight tilt of camera angle, and you'd be able to see into her sock drawer and monitor the bottles in her liquor cabinet.