Anti-aggression CCTVs: Minority Report in Groningen

On: November 16, 2006
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About Jan Simons
Associate Professor New Media at the Dept. of Media Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam.


The city of Groningen has installed CCTVs with sound sensors that respond to aggressive voice raising. The police can thus anticipate fights, physical abuse, riots and other threats to public order and intervene before anything serious will have happened. Like Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg’s MINORITY REPORT. A news item on this subject can be seen at the website of RTL4:’s.

An example of ‘premediation’ maybe? This is the term Richard Grusin coined for the way media do not reflect upon but anticipate and prestage events, in his essay ‘Premediation‘ (Criticism 46.1 (2004) 17-39).


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