Anti-aggression CCTVs: Minority Report in Groningen

On: November 16, 2006
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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).

One Response to “Anti-aggression CCTVs: Minority Report in Groningen”
  • November 17, 2006 at 10:40 pm

    The question that really pulled me into the story of Minority Report is: Will it actually happen? If someone is yelling, does that really mean that there is an intention of hurting? Or is it self defense?

    The ‘Minority Report’ short story by Philip K. Dick surprised me a bit more than the Spielberg movie, but the presentation by Underkoffler on the CrossMedia week was a pleasure to watch. The visual spectacle was great.

    The short story really is a recommendation to read, just like K. Dick’s ‘Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep’ which was used as the basis for the movie Blade Runner.

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