Big brother brings comfort
Bruce Schneier, author of Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World. seems to be claiming that all the new surveillance cameras popping up in urban cenres make people feel better – regardless of their effectiveness in actual surveillance or curbing behavior. It may not matter who (if anybody) is even watching and why – the net result is a placebo effect for the subjects. How do you feel with surveillance cameras pointed at you?