Thursday, February 24, 2005

No plus side in my view

The English government just released a report that must have really hurt to do. It says that CCTV cameras do not lower crime. While England has the highest amount of cameras watching them per person and more are being installed daily, the government has finally announced what many have been yelling for years, with evidence.
Closed circuit TV systems are of little use in the fight against crime, a surprise government report claims today.

Home Office researchers who studied 14 schemes across Britain found that only one had brought a clear fall in the local crime rate.

While there was strong public support for CCTV before it was installed, opinion began to shift when people realized the cameras made little difference.
Now while this article is about the useful, or useless nature of the CCTV cameras one line bothered me the most.

Here in the US one of the leading objections to cameras is the right to privacy. The desire of big government, left and right, to know what we do every moment of our life's grows daily. But the article shows something in one line of type that says a lot more then they might have wanted.
On the plus side, only one in six people objected to CCTV on civil liberties grounds.
The writer considered that a "plus". Very Orwellian to use that word. What next. Will he say that it is "doubleplusgood" when it is less then one in six?
'It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn't only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take "good", for instance. If you have a word like "good", what need is there for a word like "bad"? "Ungood" will do just as well -- better, because it's an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of "good", what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like "excellent" and "splendid" and all the rest of them? "Plusgood" covers the meaning, or "doubleplusgood" if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already. but in the final version of Newspeak there'll be nothing else. In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words -- in reality, only one word. Don't you see the beauty of that, Winston? It was B.B.'s idea originally, of course,' he added as an afterthought.
Somehow I feel he could have used a better word then "plus".

England lives under the ever watchful eyes of the government. They walk, shop, and jog will being viewed by people just looking for one slip. The problem is that crime, real crime is not effected. Liberties go in the name of safety. Why do so few British subjects(what a horrible word) object to their liberties being infringed?

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