Monthly Archives: February 2009

Congress, Camera, Click

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A new bill introduced by New York representative Peter King (Republican, you guessed it), will require all camera cell phones to make a clicking noise when they take a picture. Nobody seems to think that we need this bill. And there seem to be a number of flaws with it. Firstly, cameras can still take pictures without making a noise and from great distances. Secondly, nobody is behind it, the bill doesn’t even have a cosponsor. Apart from the obvious uselessness of this bill, it got me thinking about the last time I was in Japan. Not only do all their cameras have to make that noise, but they have special subway times where only women can ride to avoid groping. Is it possible that we have a less-perverted society than some others? When I was in Japan I remember everyone being so courteous and helpful, way beyond our American culture, so I feel bad even asking the question.

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