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Cell phones and the ever watching eye.

Updated on July 20, 2016

The smart phone.

When I was growing up we didn't have smart phones. If you were lucky you had a pager and that was very limited in what it could do. I imagine the younger people reading this will have to look up what a pager is. A pager was a small device used to alert a person to call the number sent to it. That person would then call that number back from a near by phone. The tricky thing was that back then we didn't have a cell phone to carry around. We used something called a pay phone if one was around. And I don't believe I've seen a pay phone in years. So fast forward till now. Our phone can do so much now days it is a big contrast of what most of us had growing up. In fact we now can have video chat and see who is on the other side of the line. Now days every phone has a camera and a way to video record whats going on. This has opened a door that is fairly new to the world. Our world is changing fast with all the new gadgets introduced into our lives. I want to go over a few changes that I see coming in the near future. I would like to touch on 3 things that are going to affect us as we move towards the future.


The Cell Phone Camera

Over the past few years the camera on our cell phone has gotten increasingly better. This gives us a new perspective on things we see online now. The camera on the cell phone is now an extra eye to the world around us. Just about every aspect of our life can be captured. Almost a second brain for us to look back on. Capturing moments in time for us to look back in later. How does this change things for us going forward? This means that we are now reporting what's going on in the world around us. Not only for our personal use but also as far as when major events happen. Not only are we getting better quality but more footage since the storage on our phones are now pretty big!

Social Media

We now see social media taking over as we have a small window into people's lives. We now see public shaming on people who have done wrong and it was captured by a cell phone. It's now so easy to post a situation that is happening in real time. People doing a quick search for something that is going on will probably find information faster on social media than the news channel. We are now seeing sites like Facebook with a live feed option to broadcast as thing are happening. The news are now using these videos to report the news at times.

Video Sites

Given that we all have cell phones with video cameras attached to them. We are now seeing a heavy amount of live streams going online daily. We now experience what people are doing through these video sites and are constantly connected. More recently we had an incident in the city I work in and it was covered live from the people there. It was the shooting in Dallas for the Black lives matter protest. You can see first hand what is going on since people now have the ability to broadcast what's going on from their location. It's not like it was back then when you had to wait for the news reporters to make it to the location. Now people are doing what news reporters are doing as it is going on.

The live feature

So now we have social media and our video camera. When you added the two together you get a combination of videos that will spread faster than any news channel. These videos are recorded using the Facebook live feature. What we now have is raw footage news reporters never dreamed of having when I was growing up. The events that will happen in our future will probably be covered a little more often in this way as people realize this feature is now on the Facebook app.

Dallas protest shootings recorded with Facebook live feed.

Facebook live feed

We will see more videos like this in the future.

This video is graphic for some to watch but it's something we are going to see more of. People catching situations as they happen. A police officer who shot someone they pulled over. Will officers now be on a better behavior now knowing that their actions will be put world wide? Did this fuel the fire to what happened in Dallas? The previous video that was posted. And no it's not just officers. It people in general that are now being put on the spotlight. We see videos of people doing things they shouldn't be doing. Once it's put online other people are wanting to see justice served. This is a learning process for all of the human race. The cell phone is going to change our lives from here on out.

What does it all mean?

It means we are going to see a lot more of how the human race really is. And will people make a change in the future to be good to each other? So many things will be brought to light and it will slowly make people think twice before doing something stupid in the future. This technology is going to change the way people think and act. It is something that probably won't go away unless some odd solar flare comes and hits the earth wiping all our gadgets useless. I feel these are interesting times for us to live in. Again when I was growing up we didn't have all of this technology. The future is so unknown to everyone and we are all in this together. We all have to learn to live on this earth and make it a better future.


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      Greg Schweizer 

      2 years ago from Corona, California.

      With cell phones and their cameras these days it is really just a different version of "big brother is watching". Not at all like what everyone imagined back in the 50s and 60s. This is actually a lot more powerful. Just think, people are worried about their privacy when they complain about the security cameras on streets. Just my opinion. Greg


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