You've got to hand it to the British, applying modern technologies and state collaboration to create an unnecessary solution to an individual problem. The British, of course, like to make the assumption that anyone's problem is everyone's problem — government granting agencies go in for that sort of thing — and proceed from that there to turn everyone's problem into a policing problem. From the Telegraph:
Parents will be able to monitor how often their children eat chips and turkey twizzlers in the school canteen with a smart card that records the details of every meal a pupil selects. Government-funded research into the use of smart cards to encourage healthy eating in schools was published last week.Not that there really needs to be made a distinction, apparently. Don't bother with engaging your children in exercise, packing them healthy lunches or teaching about good eating — don't even think about giving them a good breakfast and dinner at home and not worrying if they eat crap at school when it's not even going to hurt them — there's an unthinking and unblinking piece of inanimate matter that'll assuage your troubled conscience for not strictly adhering to the capital city food mandarins.
On the other hand, a proper parent these days may as well get the tykes used to surveillance when they're young. With this well-planned kind of nurturing, the true class divide of twenty-first century Western civilization can be made manifest to the teeming masses yearning for a good old fashioned historical dialectic confrontation — between those who rebel against the visible and invisible constraints that a planned society places on individuals, some of whom thereby becoming genuine policing problems, and those who live in London, Ontario and willingly rat out their neighbours. Not an exactly inspiring class struggle for the distended souls of mankind, and maybe more filled with blood-draining than blood-letting, but there you go. From the London Free Press:
A trendy inflatable pool is causing ballooning work for London's bylaw enforcers. Complaints about the giant portable pools — some up to 5.5 metres wide and 1.2 metres deep […] — have doubled over the last two years.Same principle — no need to bother with engaging your neighbours in a dialogue about how to serve both your interests, and if you don't trust your child to stay away from neighbouring property or pools, a legitimate concern at a young age, no need to bother with putting up your own fence — there's an unthinking and unblinking piece of bylaw control matter that'll ease your inability to cope with the occasional inherent difficulties of human interaction. Myself, I'd put up the fence, especially if I was living next to knuckleheads.
Monday, July 18, 2005
Posted by MapMaster on Monday, July 18, 2005