And the desire to invent the next cool thing moves forward. So what if it’s not really new? So what if it’s hardly cool? So what if it has the ability to cause all sorts of mischief? We love apps, and seriously, isn’t that what the digital world is all about?
Via the Tampa ABC affiliate:
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In a high-tech effort to battle crime, the Tampa Police Department recently launched a free smartphone app.
With a few clicks, city residents can submit anonymous tips to police and learn about unsolved crimes and “most wanted” criminals on their iPhones or Androids.
About 1,000 people have downloaded the app since it was launched last month.
It’s free. It’s fun. What a great way to spoof your friends, family and people who annoy you!
It’s not that the app is some miraculous new concept. Indeed, this and other similarly misbegotten apps have been around for a while. But the banality of it, coupled with the utterly uncritical news report about it, reflects both the love of apps and the depth of problems that confront us in the everyday digital world.
It’s not enough that we live under constant surveillance, that our every communication is held by the government “just in case,” our children are bombarded with programs like DARE and television commercials imploring them that if they “see something, say something.” No, that isn’t good enough.
Let’s put the tools of our own destruction into every smart phone in the hands of every idiot and wannabe law enforcer in town. What could possibly go wrong?