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The footage is decisive’: Applying the thinking of Marshall McLuhan to CCTV and police misconduct

Evans, Richard 2015, The footage is decisive’: Applying the thinking of Marshall McLuhan to CCTV and police misconduct, Surveillance and society, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 218-232.

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Title The footage is decisive’: Applying the thinking of Marshall McLuhan to CCTV and police misconduct
Author(s) Evans, RichardORCID iD for Evans, Richard orcid.org/0000-0003-4052-6771
Journal name Surveillance and society
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 218
End page 232
Total pages 15
Publisher Surveillance Studies Network
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1477-7487
Keyword(s) Surveillance
CCTV
Marshall Mcluhan
Media theory
Policing
Police misconduct
Summary This article adapts Marshall McLuhan’s writings on mass media to ubiquitous and universal surveillance systems, looking at surveillance as media. The term ‘broadcast media’ is derived from an agricultural metaphor, a technique of planting. I argue that CCTV systems are an inversion of broadcasting: ‘harvest media’. Drawing on three case studies in which CCTV has been relevant to allegations of police misconduct, I explore how harvest media impacts on cultural and legal perceptions of evidence, and what can be known.
Language eng
Field of Research 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
1602 Criminology
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Surveillance Studies Network
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30075374

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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