Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Viral Panopticon:: UK CCTV Footage Goes Viral

image:: Vidcap of CCTV footage of mary Bale trashing Lola in Coventry, UK

This story {hattip:: LinnyQat} has been going viral and the perpetrator of the offense isn't making matters any better. Mary Bale, a 50 year old bank worker, was caught on tape petting a cat and then putting her in a rubbish bin. The cat was trapped in the bin for 15 hours. While Mary allegedly is going through a rough spell with her dad in the hospital, the viral video {below} isn't winning her many friends and she has police protection because of death threats against her awash in the in social media seas. One comment in the defunct Facebook group, "Death to Mary Bale", said, "This woman should be murdered." The "Mary Bale Hate Group" doesn't condone death threats.

While she offered an apologetic press statement, she added to the fail by wondering what all the fuss is over, adding, "it's just a cat." Bale also faces possible termination from her job at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

This instance of surveillance and informational ubiquity shows how these memes can take on lives of their own in  record time.
"To think this video is being seen around the world is unbelievable. I'm a very private person and don't want to upset any members of my family. I don't know what my relatives will think, but to be honest I think everyone's overreacting a bit.

"OK, I shouldn't have done it - but it's just a cat at the end of the day. I don't think I deserve to be hated by people all over the world, it was just a split second of madness."
If this doesn't hit home how privacy is dead, I'm not sure what will. Those seeking privacy and a private life cannot escape the panopticon. Relatively low cost video technologies are enabling surveillance so we all can watch each other and ostensibly watch the watchers. I don't see this as good or bad, as I view most technologies, but just "is".

Lola seems fine, basking in the bounty of branded treats sent over by The Sun {UK}::

which would be an interesting precedent, if newspapers started sending goodies to human victims of crimes or malfeasances. 

Songs:: The Weakerthans-"Virtue the Cat Explains Her Departure" & Stars of CCTV

Twitterversion:: [blog] Viral video of Mary Bale's idiotic "cat caper" #fail goes viral & shows panopticon in action & how privacy is dead. @Prof_K

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