Yesterday, the New York Post ran a front page photo of a man about to be struck and killed by an oncoming train. It set the internet on fire and raised a lot of questions about the photographer’s role in the man’s death. This is a technology issue.
Soon enough, new boundaries will be tested. In an era when most people have a camera in their hand or pocket, mass shootings will be memorialised on mobile phone videos and ubiquitous security cameras will dish up fresh horrors. I’d like to think that the people’s right to know will be leavened by the people’s right to live in a world where mayhem is not a commodity.
In other words, we’re going to see this kind of thing a lot more. I don’t have a specific question for you, but this is something we should talk about. [New York Times]