Friday, May 9

I want my CCTV

The Get Out Clause, an unsigned band from Manchester, couldn't afford to shoot a music video -- so they played their song in full view of some of Britain's many public surveillance cameras, and then requested the footage via the UK's version of the Freedom of Information Act. Pretty snazzy!

There are an astounding 13 million CCTV cameras in Britain, including one outside George Orwell's old house. Information Commissioner Richard Thomas warned that the country was "sleepwalking into a surveillance society." And a study released this week found that they have done virtually nothing to cut crime.

I pass no judgment on the quality of the band's music, but they are clearly talented when it comes to promotion.

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