Turning our gaze upon our paid protectors -- From Boing Boing: NYPD cops videoed illegally warring on photographers: This video compilation of numerous near-simultaneous arrests in NY is a nice example of how consumer technologies can help to balance abuse of authority. A fascinating study in the trend I forecast, of smart mobs holding authority accountable. This is how we'll get truly professional police. And yet...
Still, the scenes depicted were drenched in the drug high of self-righteous indignation on both sides. There were scores of people in Time Square just itching for a confrontation, heckling, taunting and veering in front of guys who are... at a deep level... just human males high on adrenaline. Yes, the woman who would not show her ID was within her rights. But she could have given them their little ritual of control, and they had already proved that would likely be enough.
I want to emphasize, I am on the side of the smart mob. But I would betray this movement if I weren't able to criticize it.
These things need to be smarter, calmer, and far more mature.
See more recent developments on The Right to Record Police.
==From Games to ArchiTechs==
Game Development Essentials: An Introduction, by Jeannie Novak (and followup volumes.) If you want to develop games... and that's it for now.
My briefly-run design-challenge show, The ArchiTECHS, will one last appearance on the History Channel, Friday morning May 2 at 5 am (Eastern) ... and... 6am (Pacific). (Sorry to have missed that. It's 3am Mountain and 5am Central.)
Set your Tivo to a wide window, just in case! (See my previous entry for description. Anybody know a likely sponsor? ;-)
Or copies can be ordered from the HC web site.
Heck, while I'm at it....here are some shocking items:
Want the current economic crisis explained? See my friend (and extremely smart world pundit) Mark Anderson offer some unusual insights.
Those of you who thrilled to the “big dog” robot video really ought to see the satire.