|Philip Agre - author of Surveillance and Capture: Two Models of Privacy|
After reading Philip Agre's essay Surveillance and Capture, I think it would be interesting to hear Agre's opinion on modern technology and surveillance methods. Philip Agre published his essay in 1994 and since that time, technology with surveillance capabilities have become more common and more integral to our society and how it functions. Agre mentions the invasive nature of tracking labels on postage and other trivial things that we, now, take for granted or as commonplace. It seems that in today's world versus 1994, our lives are saturated with technology and these "tracking devices" we no longer bat an eyelash at the thought of having our activities observed. Due to this almost constant presence of an observing force, some people alter their behavior. This is most present, in my mind, in the social situations of adolescents and minors. Many underage people drink, yet are careful of hiding photographic evidence by cropping or editing photos from weekends. Those who aren't cautious occasionally get caught and suffer the consequences. This is a much more colloquial situation as compared to the soldiers at Abu Ghraib, but is another example of the level of self-awareness that is necessary in today's society.
I would be intrigued to see Agre's reaction to the Abu Ghraib photo scandal. I look at it as a panopticon example. Effectively in this case, the guard incites a behavior and then punishes it. Conversely, the prisoner does what is considered wrong merely because the guard instructs it.