Saturday, January 27, 2007

All eyes on you ...

Have you ever heard of some small towns with a small police staff who just park empty police cars on the side of the road to hopefully deter speeding?

When a cop pulls beside you at a stop light, don't you make sure your seat belt is on?

Or if you are a politician don't you speak a bit differently when the media is around?

Me too. So does everyone else.

Well, what if there were so many people watching you that you could not away with anything. Nothing. Not even a sly joke about your friend's bad haircut without it getting back to him.

Well that is what I see as the biggest benefit of the internet, or as some are calling it web 2.0.

Everyone is a blogger. Or knows someone who is. You are a reader, which makes me write. Now, I am not trying to break news, but many use blogging as a hobby and fulfilling their childhood ambition of being a sports writer.

And it is only getting worse, or better depending on how you look at it. The way I see it, if someone is watching my move 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, I might not tell that little white lie.

By having thousands of people see you everyday, with the ability to distribute info on you to millions, a simple mistake could prove very costly.

What if there were networks of people to tip off the police about drunk drivers. Might save someone's life?

What if there were a network of citizens who reported anonymously about corrupt police officers?

Or what if people started blogging about paid players in college athlete recruiting? Could you imagine if every dollar paid to a prospect was reported? I guess everyone would be on probation if the rumors are true. The NCAA basketball tournament may only have a field of four!

You may still be wondering why Tupac is on this blog? One of his biggest hits was "All eyes on you".

Maybe he was on to something.

Take care.

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