August 09, 2012

I'm a huge fan of the CBS show "Person of Interest." Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Chapman are all first-rate talents and developed that edgy chemistry the show was missing in the beginning. If you don't know the premises, quick synopsis: computer scientist develops a machine to help the government prevent large-scale terrorist or criminal events before they happen; the scientist and his ex-CIA partner take on the smaller stuff the gov't ignores.

When it first started I thought "the machine" that identifies potential criminal activities or victims was a solid, fictional, premise for big brother's capabilities. I no longer think it's fictional. Jonathan Nolan must have been privy to some inside info because the reality of NYC surveillance is approaching the fictional level of the show.

Surveillance city? Microsoft, NYPD team on crime fight system

Do you feel violated? Safer? Indifferent? Orwell was definitely right, he just happened to be about 30 years too early.