Thanks to Jonathan Cloke’s post on Crit-Geog forum this New York Times piece grabbed my attention. I’ve been reading a lot about this issue recently and found Stephanie Simon’s recent article in Security Dialogue particularly useful as security legislation gets misapplied to the policing of public space. This piece resonates with Simon’s arguments around what she calls ‘ordinary preemption’, and so it goes:
“Tourists taking pictures are being told by police, security guards and sometimes other citizens, “Sorry, you can’t take a picture here.” When asked why, they say, “Well, don’t you remember 9/11?”
I remember it quite well, but what does that have do to with taking a picture in public? It seems like the war on terrorism has somehow morphed into an assault on photography.