Essay about The Tragedy of Video Cameras

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The Tragedy of Video Cameras

Wisps of hair playfully chased each other across my face as waves of hot, humid air gently blew across the park. Paper cups, chased by the wind, bounced merrily across the ground, pursued by laughing children. The children seemed unaffected by the heat and humidity, while the adults sat in abject misery, wishing the day were over.

Dipping a napkin into a cup of ice water, I began wiping my face and neck, seeking relief from the heat. I was hot and perspiring heavily, causing my mascara to make black circles beneath my eyes. This was our annual Fourth of July family picnic, and all I wanted to do was leave. As I continued wiping my face and neck with the cool napkin, I became aware of a soft
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After being taped in every conceivable position and condition, you are coerced to sit and watch the film. This can be an incomparable form of mental harassment. Finally, you realize that to preserved peace and harmony in the family, certain rules must be followed. After much cajoling, arguing, and unveiled threats, an agreement is reached; but, agreements are made to be broken, and you find yourself subjected to the same behavior. Your last hope is that the novelty will gradually disappear and life will become ordinary again.

Recently, while visiting the zoo in Columbia, South Carolina, I realized how pervasive the video camera had become. Everywhere you looked people were filming the animals. As we toured he zoo, I noticed very few 35mm or instamatic cameras. The children, whose parents has video cameras, danced around in front of the cages, waving and pointing to the animals, while they were being video taped. The other children, whose parents has 35mm cameras, lined up in front of the cages and stood motionless as pictures were taken. It made no difference to the children how their visit was memorialized; they were there to enjoy themselves. But, you do wonder how memorable the visit to the zoo will be for the children who can watch themselves

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