Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? – No Sympathy Edition

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One thing these latest batch of riots seem to be revealing is that conventional policing is impossible in the Synopticon. The Panopticon is a situation where the few watch the man, like in a prison or an authoritarian state. The Synopticon is where the many watch the few, like a theater. The crowd watches the actors on the stage. In modern America, we have a combination of both. The state and its technology patterns watch us, while the masses and their cameras watch the police.

Most of the debate about the emerging surveillance state focuses on the state and its private collaborators spying on citizens. So far, we have not had a riot over Apple harvesting your metadata. We have been convulsed by video of cops beating blacks turning up on social media. Just wait until deep fakes make it possible for people to post realistic fake videos of cops abusing blacks. What happens when activists can use technology to identify the cops and that gets posted on-line?

Yeah, it’s tough being a cop, so what? Don’t want to be responsible for your own actions, maybe you shouldn’t carry a badge and a gun.

Anyway, the proper response to rioting and looting isn’t “policing”; its tear gas, rubber bullets and fire hoses, followed by mass arrests and mass incarceration, let’s say a minimum of 90 days while they check out your story of why you were in a riot zone. Chain ’em up outside, 6 feet apart, so they can enjoy nature and social-distancing. 1200kcal and a 2 liter of water a day oughta do ’em.

6 thoughts on “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? – No Sympathy Edition

  1. Anyway, the proper response to rioting and looting isn’t “policing”; its tear gas, rubber bullets and fire hoses, followed by mass arrests and mass incarceration, let’s say a minimum of 90 900 days while they check out your story of why you were in a riot zone. Chain ’em up outside, 6 feet apart, so they can enjoy nature and social-distancing in Air-Eye-Zone-Ah on the Meh-He-Can border. 1200kcal and a 2 liter of water a day oughta do ’em.

    FIFY

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