Crescent

Crescent

Posted on 08/05/2008


Photo taken on August  5, 2008


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Self Portrait while on a recent trip to US. Taken during the flight, I considered the current state of UK society and the profound influence that the US has on the UK.

It seemed that, with Western economies heading towards recession and the answer to many of our problems being seen as computerised and invasive, a portrait of my private space being invaded by prying eyes was very apt.

Another problem with CCTV and the media is the state of accepting recorded images as the basis of unerring fact. It may also be the case that our obsession with media may be providing a stage for those who wish to have their unsavoury acts recorded and disseminated.

The "paranoia", or more accurately, anxiety that invasive media causes is problematic. When stress manifests its self in physical or mental ill health, we lose out both personally and economically.

Simon

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ElectronLibre ..…
Beautil and provocativ,
I like it in spite of seasickkness
9 years ago.
Crescent
Crescent
Thank you Electron :-)

More air-sickness :-)
Simon
9 years ago.
Bleak Mouse
Bleak Mouse
I'd hold the phone on calling Recession for a while yet. After all, it's merely another media consensus view, based upon personal complaints, political grandstanding, and a third-hand interpretation of statistics. My personal complaint is that I have to pay more for British import CDs.

I'm not sure that anxiety is more pervasive than it's always been (the plague, the Inquisition, world wars, etc.) but, as ever, new media always seem ripe for new invasions and restrictions, and the best protection is probably being a small fish in a very large pond.

The UK has had a huge impact on the US as well, although one has to go beyond mass culture to the realms of history, literature, and the fine arts to find it. Even in mass culture, our public broadcasting system (that is, government-organized) Is little more than some of the better output of the BBC, with boring American middle-brow programming thrown in.

Lovely artwork. We seem sometimes to be mining similar territory. We might have a Movement if we can find some flunkies.

Best wishes,

b
9 years ago.
Crescent
Crescent
Hi
I have to disagree with your views on Recession. Sure, making people aware of it can heighten panic. However, I see the results of a problematic economy all around me - I don't have to rely on the media to tell me.

Definately, we've got it good compared to the 1930's (you could lose an arm at work and get sacked!), the Victorian era (e.g.; childhood labour down mines and up chimneys) and when Kings and Queens were beheading subjects. However, I feel these are anxious, uncertain times and CCTV adds to this feeling. There are good points to CCTV, but the prevalence of cameras is awful. Also, there is always the potential for them to be misused!

Yes, I don't doubt what you say about UK influence on US. But over recent decades US influence has outweighed UK influence. However, we are sold Americana, the American dream more often than the real America.

Thanks for your comments :-)
Best Wishes

Simon
9 years ago.