The other day, I was trying to make a left-hand turn onto a busy street when I noticed a turtle crossing the road. This sturdy little fellow literally stopped traffic: A policeman slowed down and turned on his flashing lights, stopping cars in both directions so the turtle could make it safely across to the tall grass waiting for him on the other side of the road.
I whipped out my camera phone to take a picture, but before I could get a good shot, it was clear the turtle would make it to safety and the police car moved on. Too bad — it would have been the perfect bit of randomness to share with my friends.
Mobile technology enables us to take photos and video anywhere, of anything — then post them online for all to see. On the one hand, this exposes everything, including injustice, which is good.
On the other hand, this exposes everything.
Sure, mobile technology lets us share funny and interesting life moments, like the traffic-stopping turtle.
But consider how unfortunate it would be to get featured on a website like "People of Walmart
." One woman got so ticked off about seeing her mom on the site, she sued
. How would you feel if you became the victim of public ridicule on the Facebook page of a person you don't know because you went to the supermarket in your pajamas?
So, is this just how it is now? Are we all just amateur paparazzi in a world where footage of everyone and everything is fair game for posting on social media sites? Do you ever worry about who might be photographing or videotaping you?