Surveillance Nation

Download Audio

In Britain, it's commonplace — security cameras, surveillance cameras, everywhere. Some now even shout at you if you misbehave. The average Londoner is caught on maybe 300 surveillance cameras a day.

Now the bug is catching in the USA. Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia are all getting camera-ed up. Thousands of new surveillance cameras are also headed into Lower Manhattan.

Terrorism fears are driving the move. Big Brother will be watching. But does it really work? And is it worth the loss of privacy?

This hour On Point: the craze for security cameras, and imagining life in the "surveillance nation."


Nicholas Thompson, Senior Editor, WIRED Magazine

Mathieu Deflam, Professor of Sociology, University of South Carolina

Gary LaFree, Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

This program aired on July 12, 2007.


More from On Point

Listen Live