Is public surveillance actually wanted?

by JulianLa on May 5, 2013 - 11:44pm

According to an article from The New York Times by Mark Landler and Dalia Sussman on April 30th, 2013, a poll has shown that in the United States there is a strong acceptance for public surveillance. After the Boston marathon attack, video footage that was taken had caught the two suspects that were in hiding. After that 78% of people thought that surveillance cameras are a good idea. That having some of their privacy removed would be a good trade-off for a lot more security. Other polls were taken to show whether censorship or if civil liberties were restricted far too much.

This is rather intriguing as most people now want privacy as a top concern. However, once their lives come into play, all they can think about is their safety. I find this very contradicting and hypocritical of people. What if that video had been released and it hadn't helped whatsoever in the Boston bombing case? Everyone would have been outraged that their privacy was being overlooked. It just so happened that it helped them and now they have come to accept it after only one case that has aided them. If it was always like this then that would be great, but sadly that isn't the case.