Virtual Stakeout: Catching Mexicans From the Comfort of Your Home

A new $2-million citizen surveillance system installed along the Tex-Mex border has everything one can ask for: CCTV cameras, the internet, people sitting at home and catching Mexicans. That's right, Virtual Stakeout's webcams can be viewed online by anyone, turning alert viewers into "Virtual Deputies". As Kotaku rightfully points out, this project indeed sounds like a game. There're rules – don't let them get across – and there's the artificial conflict: Mexicans vs the border, vs the wellfare state vs drug laws vs…

As they put it:

You sit there, you can the horizon, and if you spot someone trying to make a run across the border, you notify the authorities. So it's like Pokemon Snap, then, only without the Pokemon. Mexican Snap, if you will.


They go on to explain:

It's a joint operation between the Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition and BlueServo, BlueServo being a budding networking site, who are helping foot the bill in exchange for the publicity.

Connecting people by having them chase others, what an awesome idea! What's next? Ning groups getting created for the purpose of hunting Taliban? Xbox user collecting achievements by helping to catch gang members? The possibilities are endless!


Best. Headlines. Ever.

I meant to blog about this earlier, but two of the best headlines that I have ever read were both from last week: "More Than 2 Dozen Cheerleaders Rescued From Jammed Elevator"

The two things that crossed my mind after reading this story were "only in Texas, eh?" and that the elevator repairman will be telling this story for the rest of his life.

"Mexican Woman Fights Off Lion With Machete After It Attacks Donkey"

A great read, and for some reason it reminded me of the Wikipedia article on Bear-baiting that mentions an event from the middle ages featuring a pony with an ape tied to its back against three dogs.