The City We Knew

02 Aug 2007

The Mayor’s Office of New York City is about to make it AGAINST THE LAW to photograph anything more than a snapshot without a permit and insurance. There’s a petition you can sign to try and stop this, and a rally today in Union Square.

This may not seem offensive to you, but think carefully about civil liberties, and it should start to scare you. Aside from creating even more financial and logistical barriers for artists, this makes it essentially illegal to document a protest, rally or demonstration, even if you’re not participating. So who bears witness? Not the citizens I guess. That’ll be against the law. But then, what does in matter when the city already video tapes everything you do.