Saturday, June 30, 2007

File Under "Elections Have Consequences"

I am firmly convinced that we need more NannyState. This is so wonderful. The CofNY has decided that everyone needs a permit to take a picture. Control of the masses... the great unwashed. I am comforted beyond measure that someone cares enough about photographers to control them to prevent them from, uh, well, getting hurt...errr.. or, well...

Or... Maybe it is just another brick in the wall of BigAssGovernment regulating everything for "our own good."

Or maybe the bastards fear the power of the image as it can catch them in the daily lies and distortions. And that can't be good for re-election. Stand silent while the rights of public discourse are taken slowly under the guise of 'control' and 'protection' and we will wake to a country of elites who control the creation and viewing of everything.

OOOOHHHH... I get all warm inside just thinking of how safe I will be from distracting thoughts.
City May Seek Permit and Insurance for Many Kinds of Public Photography - New York Times: "Some tourists, amateur photographers, even would-be filmmakers hoping to make it big on YouTube could soon be forced to obtain a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures or filming on city property, including sidewalks.

New rules being considered by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting would require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour to get a city permit and insurance.

The same requirements would apply to any group of five or more people who plan to use a tripod in a public location for more than 10 minutes, including the time it takes to set up the equipment."

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