I received a newsletter in the mail yesterday with a page 1 story: “The City is currently installing cameras around the city and we would like to encourage you to do the same.” It’s bad enough that there are public cameras everywhere; now they want to add to it by advocating that private homes add to the footage. Do we really need to record everything everywhere?

We are becoming dependent on seeing it before we believe it. Police officers have to wear body cameras because it wasn’t enough to have them in the cruiser. Sporting events have multiple professional photographers trained to capture the play in front of them, yet there is still dissent as to what really occurred. Sexual assault victims aren’t believed because there is no “proof” of what happened.

Crimes happen in locker rooms, bedrooms and churches – should we install cameras there, too? Where does it end?

No matter how many cameras are out there, it will never provide a comprehensive, authoritative view of what happened. Yes, they may help in an accident investigation. Yes, they may help to solve a crime. But not everything that occurs needs to be recorded for it to be accepted as fact. Sometimes words from a survivor are worth more than a picture.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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