Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Code Blue

I could write an entire book chapter about the LAPD's YouTube channel. Usually their online videos garner almost no views, because they usually feature press conferences, messages from the chief, and visits to local stations, where one can see things like the Nicole Parker Foundation's creepy mural room in the Topanga Station.

Now their viral video style and their iWATCH anti-terrorism program is being mocked by Reason and Boing Boing. Of course, those who know the longer history know that the LAPD has had a long history of screw-ups involving computational media, including some disastrous attempts at providing online digital maps of Muslim neighborhoods and famously inaccurate crime-plotting.

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