Visual Culture according to the Police

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  1. pacard says:

    Well done to Sociology Lens to have published the news one day ahead of the other newspapers. Last night, the news channels showed a video clip in which a police officer is seen pushing mr. Tomlison violently to the ground and one of the protesters helping him to get up…..

  2. kiyallsmith says:

    This seems a little different than the panopticon, where you do not know if you are being observed but always *might be* being observed. It sounds as though the police wanted protesters to know they were in fact being observed. Although deterrence is still the desired outcome the methods are quite different.


  3. pacard says:

    Yes and no, in the sense that the police were using a very powerful zoom to frame you (a la paparazzi), and I had to chase them around to get those shots. As an activist commented: ‘Don’t stop photographing them. As you did. And, as the legal observers did in the climate camp, use a visibility jacket, film them, take their numbers, show them we’re watching’. On the other hand, when we are in the urban public space we all know of the presence of CCTV, but we don’t know whether they are actually pointing at us, or if anyone is going to bother to look at the clips. What they eventually want to achieve is a change in the emotional experience of the place.


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