Saturday, April 21, 2007


Office Spies: Tattletale Telephone

I visited Tokyo for the first time in quite a while the other day. I found that commuter trains plying the city now have videos playing in the cars featuring news items, advertisements (of course), and public service announcements. One announcement that I saw twice during a 30-minute ride was about a number you can call to secretly report on people who are making illegal photocopies! Seems innocent and public-spirited, but it sounds a lot like having citizens spy on each other. And you have to wonder what other “secret report” numbers there will be in the future.

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