I thought for a few days on what I really wanted my primary text for this project to be. I went through lots of ideas involving apps, websites, and even games. I’m an undeclared major but I’m extremely interested in law-particularly civil/human rights. In relation to this, I started thinking about a big area of conversation that is present in the world today. The topic of police violence is talked about and heard extensively in the media and in society as a whole today.
I decided that my primary text would be “On-Officer Recording Systems,” also known as Body Cameras. These are small devices, as seen in the photo below, that stick onto the front of a police officers uniform. These aren’t used very largely as of now, but they are increasingly being used in police departments around the country. They are used to record and observe police officers’ interactions and confrontations with the public.
As I stated in the first paragraph, I’ve chosen to use this as my primary text because it’s something that is unique in our culture and society today. I also think its something that is important and its important to address and to talk about. I plan on conceptualizing the body cameras in a way that deals with the political, ethical, and technological aspects of them.
NYPD Officer Models a Body Camera at a Press Event on Thursday. N.d.WNDU.Com. Web. 17 Sept. 2015. <http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/Berrien-County-Police-looking-into-purchasing-body-cameras-284952691.html>.