Camera phones vs. cops

Alan Reiter, who has been covering camera phones longer than anyone else I can remember, links to Guardian and other articles in a post about how camera phones are changing the way people find out about police actions. Last week the video of a student getting stunned by campus cops was passed near and far. 20 years ago you probably wouldn’t have heard about such a thing, and if you had, it would only have made it to your local newspaper and probably to page 30.

Comments

  1. This is a very interesting development. The combination of camera phones and the Internet are leading a push towards increased public accountability. Several recent events, including the campus police attack that you mention, and Michael Richards’ racial tirade highlight the growing power of bloggers to bring attention to stories that would otherwise be largely ignored by the mainstream media. I wrote more about this on my blog.

  2. This is a very interesting development. The combination of camera phones and the Internet are leading a push towards increased public accountability. Several recent events, including the campus police attack that you mention, and Michael Richards’ racial tirade highlight the growing power of bloggers to bring attention to stories that would otherwise be largely ignored by the mainstream media. I wrote more about this on my blog.