Brave New World
By Andrea Grimes
Brave new world: All citizens are agents of the state, charged with keeping watch on every other citizen and reporting activities detrimental to good order. Unorthodoxy is suspicious.
Remember when that used to be considered a bad thing?
Look, we don’t want to overstate the situation here, but we’ve heard about the old U.S.S.R., and we can’t help but be taken a little bit aback by how readily a Dallas City Council committee this week embraced the police department’s new “iWatch Dallas,” a “virtual crime watch” that allows the citizenry to anonymously type in tips of suspect behavior from computers and cell phones.