Sunday, April 23, 2006

the lucrative fear-market

More in the ongoing saga of using mobiles to track children here. Just what is the point of it all?

An apologist for the technology says:

it is giving the "comfort" to parents of knowing that if something goes wrong, they have another method of being able to get hold of them.

But...but... surely they already have a mobile phone to get in contact? Anyway, how do you 'know' if something is going wrong just from looking at a blip on a screen? How does the blip help you 'get hold' of someone? Surely if something 'went wrong' so badly that you couldn't contact your child, the police could trace the mobile? etc etc

Talk about a technology looking for a market :o/


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