May 27, 2003

LARRY LESSIG OBSERVES:

For it is bizarre that we increasingly live in this world where every movement is captured by a camera, yet increasingly, ordinary people are not permitted to take pictures with cameras.

He’s right. Malls, stores, and governments are putting up hidden cameras everywhere, even as the list of places you’re not allowed to photograph mushrooms. Screw ‘em. If they want to photograph you secretly — and they do — then you should have the right to, er, shoot back. And they should feel lucky that it’s just with a camera.

After all, if they’re innocent, they have nothing to hide, right? That’s what they’re always telling us.