People often forget the miraculous things our phones are capable of. I myself am often caught off guard by a new update or new feature I find on my phone. As someone fairly new to the smart phone world, it is no wonder I am always staring at the screen. Just two years ago I had an “old school” flip phone. All I was able to do was talk and text. Today, you can do everything from use the internet, skype call, tweet, facebook, play video games, watch Netflix, and even make short films.
Even with today’s standard of technology, I can’t help but think to myself “what else can they do? “ After reading the CNN article about the use of mobile phones in Africa, I found out that there is actually quite a lot to be done. We have all seen short video clips of someone fighting, or a comedian on stage that somebody filmed with their Iphone, or even the Waco explosion that just happened. These little videos do so much more than just supply hours of entertainment; they also give insight to our generation and were it is we are headed. What I mean to say is that, our world has become some media hungry and attention crazed that people are constantly posting things online to get noticed. Take youtube, just how many videos on the site do you think are shot using a cell phone. It amazes me that so many people strive for fame in that way. I myself understand the hope of one day being “famous,” but posting random cell phone videos isn’t going to do that for me. Or is it?
Zacuto has put on an event called the Great Camera Shootout for a few years now, and this year they decided to use an Iphone. Yeah, I know. After watching the beautiful documentary, I was actually surprised by the quality achieved out of the camera. It amazed me that you can place a $400 phone next to a $2000 dslr, and not be able to distinguish the 2. This advanced technology within the phone allows for a clearer image and better quality product. Using this camera as a means of awareness and evidence is a great step away from the Technological Deterministic views. I’m sure the first person to put a camera in a phone wasn’t thinking to him/herself, “This will one day help people find terrorist and murderers.” But look where we are today, people are able to capture both images and video in a format that is easily accessible and good quality.
The use of these phones via text message and cameras is a great way to help people travel safer, be more aware, and hopefully help those in power bring peace to redouble areas. During the riots in Egypt, multiple videos were put out showing the beatings and cruel nature in which the cops treated those they arrested. These types of videos give a voice to those that normally wouldn’t have one, and I say “good.”
Do you think that using videos from phones as evidence in a case is fair?
Do you often record videos using your phone? If so, then what do you record?
Is it possible for the use of the videos to help bring peace, or will they end up harming those instead?