Psyching out Big Brother

There is a young band from Manchester, England (called The Get Out Clause) who were having trouble putting the financing together to make their first video.  Then they came up with a unique and ingenious solution.

Apparently, there between 4 and 13 million closed circuit cameras in Britain, catching each person an estimated 300 times daily (link to one article).

The guys in the band went to 80 different places where they knew the cameras were operating, set up their instruments and performed.  They then requested all the footage under what the equivalent of our own Freedom of Information Act, The Data Protection Act.

After getting the footage, they got to editing and managed to come away with a pretty kick ass video.

Go here for the video because I am already taxing this poor old computer.

For a bit of extra irony, from the article linked above:  On the wall outside his former residence – flat number 27B – where Orwell lived until his death in 1950, an historical plaque commemorates the anti-authoritarian author. And within 200 yards of the flat, there are 32 CCTV cameras, scanning every move.

Yes, that Orwell.

Heh, Pookie just sent me another article, the headline for which was: Tens of Thousands of CCTV cameras, yet 80% of crime unsolved

6 Responses to “Psyching out Big Brother”

  1. Pat K Says:


  2. mrschili Says:

    Oh, that’s EXCELLENT! What a GREAT idea! I’m off to watch the video (and, it just so happens, I’m currently reading 1984. Spooky…).

  3. Kizz Says:

    That band is really inspiring.

  4. Andy Says:

    Orwell wept.

    Stinking socialist or not, he got a lot of important things right. And he was willing to temper his belief in socialism when he saw the realities of Communist authoritarianism- something most pre-Cold War democratic socialists both in Europe and America weren’t willing to do. It took some of them until the early 90s to finally do it.

    Of course, seeing the predecessor to the KGB in action in the Spanish Civil War, after he’d come to Spain to fight for their side, had a lot to do with forming his opinions.

  5. reappointment Says:

    reappointment says : I absolutely agree with this !

  6. fauve Says:

    Since I miss reading you, I tagged you for a meme on my site. xxoo

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