Sean Allen frequently recorded his teachers to back up his notes. Allen recorded Jay Bennish, his 10th grade World Geography teacher, making comments about President Bush’s State of the Union Address.
Allen’s father claims the comments made in the recording are biased and inappropriate for a geography class.
Will the press demand the seizure of all iPods and tape recorders from High School Students?
Make all schools iPod free zones? Walkman free zones? Tape free zones?!!!
[it] would represent a step toward a future where electronic surveillance and fear are classroom norms, where adherence to public policy is mandatory and dissenters whisper behind closed doors in fear of a network of informants and spies. If people can remain silent as a public school teacher is spied on, … That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn — or be forced — to accept.
Is speaking in front of a class assumed to be a private conversation that cannot be recorded? Er … no!
After all you wouldn’t want a student to record your class and then actually post it as a pod cast or send it into a radio station and find yourself being held responsible for your words!
Looks like the clue bat is hitting the left right between the eyes! Guess what? As personal electronics become smaller and more tightly integrated into one’s personal life, the chances that your words and actions will recorded for posterity increase exponentially.
Will we lose “privacy” in the extropian world?