In our completely media-fixed age, there is nothing extraordinary about being photographed. But in some cases this is perceived in a quite different way: We know of the deep distrust of people from certain ancient cultures, who refuse to be photographed because it is often associated with something deadly.
But in our own culture, in a world of advanced observation systems, being considered is not at all a neutral state. Being observed in a "wrong place" can easily lead to persecution, torture, and even death. Some of us may remember that, as a child, we had a natural, intuitive reluctance to make audio recordings of us.
In modern film culture, perhaps the most impressive work combining espionage and killing, Michael Powells Peeping Tom (1960), where the protagonist uses his film camera as a murder weapon.
Deadly observation. The techno-philosophical basis for the relationship between seeing and killing was developed by the French cultural theorist Paul Virilio. He combined the complexity of this relationship with two other important problems: the ever-increasing speed of technological development, which prevents people from influencing processes, and the "information bomb" as a new deadly means toorientering.
The observer is a kind of god who can kill anyone, at any time
Drone technology brings all these dimensions to a technical climax. The drones, which are invisible to the observed victims, follow their human targets for weeks and months, sometimes. . .