Just Wait Till “Citizen Journalists” Start Bugging Confessionals and Putting it on Youtube

A reader writes:

So I wonder what would happen if a pro-abortion person went into a pregnancy clinic and lied about… wait! Now we know!

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it goes something like this now:

1) Prolifers ‘expose’ abortion clinics by lying.
2) Pro-abortion activists do the same thing to pregnancy centers.
3) Any misgiving that a woman considering abortion has about the standard of care she’d receive at a pregnancy clinic is quickly confirmed (in her mind) by Irin Carmon’s weak ‘reporting’.
4) Planned Parenthood gets another customer and another child is lost.

Bottom-line is I don’t think this strategy actually did any favors to the uphill battle that pregnancy centers already face…..

The new super-duper miniature technology for filming/listening to all sorts of people in all sorts of situation is not, contrary to popular opinion, going to create a more open society for the free exchange of ideas. Nor will it create anything remotely like a sense of safety from evil. It’s going to create a surveillance state and, worse, a surveillance *culture* of self-appointed snitches looking for ways to declare themselves noble “undercover agents” as they inform on their neighbors. Only, instead of some centrally located KGB or Gestapo to report to, the information will go to Youtube for the delectation of millions (and, sometimes, for the Lidless Eye of the State). It will be edited who knows how and have an actual documentary value of who knows what. But the main thing it will do is fill every citizen with a sort of background white noise awareness that, at any moment, even in the sacrament of reconciliation, somebody might be listening in. We asked for it. Now we’re gonna get it.

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