Why No Pitchforks?

mobShut your blinds! Close your doors! Look what Google is up to now. It is taking photos of everybody’s home!

Apparently, not everyone is happy about it. According to Agence Presse France, angry residents of a Buckinghamshire UK village blocked the driver of a Google Street View car today who was filming the neighborhood, saying they feared he would encourage burglaries, a report said Friday.

One resident, Paul Jacobs, told the BBC that he had alerted his neighbors after spotting the car from his window in Broughton in southern England on Wednesday.

After his call, a police car arrived in Broughton to reports of a dispute between a crowd of people and a Google Street View contractor.

The Google Street View project intends to provide detailed 360-degree views online of streets all over the country.

charley-james.jpgThe project is strongly criticized by associations such as Privacy International, a pressure group with legal action pending against The Google.

I agree with the villagers. We have precious little privacy as it is anymore – and it is even worse in Britain where it seems every nook of every street is constantly watched by cameras. If Google shows up on my street, they will find me in front of my house holding a large sign “Indict Bush!” And my neighbors armed with pitchforks and torches.

That should put a damper on their filming.

Charley James
The Progressive Curmudgeon

Published by the LA Progressive on April 3, 2009
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About Charley James

If you are born in Milwaukee, chances are you're born a Democrat. So, I gravitated naturally to liberal politics as an activist and a journalist. I've been writing since I was eight and, after working in newsrooms for far too long, I have devoted much of the past decade as an independent investigtative jouralist. For much of the past year, I've been writing about homelessness - America's immorality play.


  1. Google is really getting creepy. They also have a function where you can track someone's whereabouts via satelitte with their cell phone. They say it doesn't violate privacy since you have to program your own cell phone to be tracked. But, I'm sure abusive husbands and boyfriends can gain access to an abused partner's phone. I'm guessing this will be used heavily by abusive partners to control women.

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