glossary//surveillance camera players

Surveillance Camera Players (SCP): A New York-based street-theater troupe providing quality agitprop to security guards and passers-by since 1996. Also any of five other known SCP groups. See

SCOWT: Surveillance Camera Outdoor Walking Tour, SCP's free, 60-minute introduction to surveillance culture in NYC.

Bill Not Bored, a.k.a. Bill Brown, a.k.a. Art Toad: Central SCP presence and author of such classic surveillance skits as It's OK, Officer and You Are Being Watched For Your Own Safety. Bill Not Bored quotation: "Surveillance cameras are intended to work by making people paranoid. The hope is that if you are paranoid you will make a rational decision not to commit a crime. But paranoid people are not rational."

The Circle: An SCP performance that premiered December 20 in front of surveillance cameras operated by the New York Police Department and NBC-TV. Based on the "Creating Sacred Space" chapter in Starhawk's The Spiral Dance. Complete spoken [sic] script: "Blessed be, thou spirits of water, earth amd art./ Spirits of evil, unfiendly beings, begone! Leave this place, leave this circle, so that free people may enter./ We banish you! We banish you! We banish you!"

Panopticon: (English, from the Greek, circa 1785) A design concept for a circular prison with a guard tower in the center, making all inmates observable to the unseen guards.

[Written by Tyee Bridge and published in the March/April 2002 issue of Adbusters: Journal of the Mental Environment.]

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