Ah yes, the cell phone. The camera. Both of which are incredible advances in modern technology, and amalgamated together is a combination that is quickly destroying privacy; adding to the tirade of viral videos on YouTube. A force to be reckoned with! THE CELL PHONE-CAMERA!
No longer can one pick their nose in the car freely, dance like crazy in their bedrooms or trip down a flight of stairs- without the potential for all to see.
According to the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation, Daniel A. Henderson created the first prototype for this masterpiece in 1993. I suspect no one at the time would have fathomed such an enormous impact on the cellular phone market, on the Internet… or on the entire world.
The cell phone no doubt contributes to thousands of videos and photos posted online each day. Perhaps the most popular video captured by a cell-phone camera to date was that of the execution of Saddam Hussien. No longer can one be executed without the potential for all to see.
Reuters.com stated that, as of November 2007, “worldwide mobile telephone subscriptions reached 3.3 billion – equivalent to half the global population.” Wow. Half the Earth’s population are cell phone users. I can only imagine how many have cameras integrated within them. Very few people today do not own a cell phone; one being my media professor, Dr. Strangelove. (Kudos!)
The world today is dependent on technology, we need it to connect to information, stay in touch… and we need it to film and document nearly every occurrence in our lives.
Countless celebrities have been captured on cell phone cameras, often in risqué situations, or private moments. Miley Cyrus (or Hannah Montana as the 6 year olds know her) being the current leading example. Recent photos have been leaked of the 16-year-old star in provocative and personal poses.
So is the cell-phone camera movement a good thing? Does society really need to incessantly document every minuscule event that occurs? Memories don’t hold the same merit when one can post their photos online just seconds after they are taken.