You have no "rights"
by byronlord00 - 3/21/07 6:03 AM
Here is a problem that has created itself. There was a time when such a thing would have been considered unthinkable as a thing that "cultured" people simply did not do.
As everything today seems to boil down to cliches about "Rights", perhaps we need to rewrite the Golden Rule - your rights stop where my rights begin. We Americans seem to be a little confused about the whole subject of "Rights" to begin with. Grab a copy of the Constitution and actually read the first 10 amendments - the "Bill of Rights" outlines what the Government cannot do - they are used as a basis for arguing out what our "Rights" may, or my not, be. In the end, it all comes down to exercising personal responsibility.
You should not have to worry about having your picture taken candidly because, hopefully, the "shootee" should be walking a mile in your shoes to begin with. As long as a smoker is being as consciencous as possible with their second-hand smoke, the recipient should at least give credit where it is due. We all need to exercise our "public voices" when outside the confines of our castle in the same way we insist our children use their "inside voices" - what the ancients used to call "setting a good example". Random acts of kindness - why should they be random and why is it just an act? As we continue to increase the thickness of our skin in our passionate defense of our right to do whatever we want to in the moment (a clear triumph of the Id over the SuperEgo), we should not complain if "the system" starts employing more liberal applications of the Disorderly Conduct statutes.
Everyone should have an reasonable expectation of privacy no matter where they are and I would question the maturity of those who seem to take great personal pleasure in this new-age voyeurism.
As a cautionary note, do not always dismiss the candid photographer as simply a rude or over-enthusiastic innocent caught up in an orgasm of new technology. The CCD of a camera-phone will also reveal any infra-red alarm sensors in the area and large megapixel, high resolution photos can be used in the preparation of a crime - sometimes it's not the subject in the foreground that is being photographed.