little tiny talk …

… tomorrow afternoon!  I’ll be presenting a mini-analysis of new cultures of surveillance and security as part of UMBC’s GRIT-X series.  Here’s the extra- short version:tsa

“If you see something, say something.”  Superficially, this ubiquitous mandate reveals the security state’s intention to reduce citizens to obedient spectators who collude in the work of surveillance.  Does this represent a new expansion of state power?  Yes, but not only; the American visual culture of the Global War on Terror is complex and multifaceted.  I argue that “see something, say something” actually reveals a limit to state control over the visual.  Moreover, the ambiguity of these ‘somethings’ opens up a range of possibilities for creative and political spectatorship overlooked in conventional analyses of surveillance. 

 

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