Police caught an Italian criminal (alleged) after he revealed his location via Facebook. The unclever fellow fled native Sicily for Britain, and there started Facebooking increasingly informative posts and photos. For instance, this one of himself at Madame Tussaud's:
On the one hand, this story is part of the classic foolish-criminal-gets-caught genre. Clearly the guy acted idiotically, or was at least overcome by the cockiness suggested in that photo.
On the other hand, the Guardian story lacks any trace of anxiety. There isn't a note about privacy collapsing into surveillance or the democratized panopticon we now enjoy. No references to previous Facebook scare stories.
Has Facebook finally exited the fear realm? Have we just naturalized it, without allowing any frisson of the uncanny?
The Chairman of Thomas Crosbie Holdings has said there is a tsunami of information coming from new media, some of which has the "capacity to destroy civil society and cause unimaginable suffering."
Crosbie goes on to offer this nearly apocalyptic image:
"The fact is that, to generate good information carries a cost. It requires money. Unless you steal it like most new media companies do."And, if you bring that argument to its logical conclusion all you'll get on their news sites is a blank screen, because they eventually will have no one left to steal from."
Scary animals mock you from a mirror. They laugh, those disembodied heads, like demonic doppelgangers. This is an art installation called "All the Universe is Full of the Lives of Perfect Creatures".
Viewer’s movement and expressions are mimicked by an animal’s head which is overlaid on the viewer’s reflection. The resulting effect invites inquiry into issues of self-awareness, empathy and non-verbal communication....
That communication isn't simple:
The animal mimics the viewer’s facial expressions, interspersing them with its own independent ones. One feels compelled to in turn enact those animal expressions, lip licking and snarling, fully inhabiting the role, following while being followed.
Being stalked by animal spirits, copied by inhuman imagos, dragged into involuntary imitation: yes, a powerful brew.