26 February 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on mobile phone cameras, Instagram risks and our movie moments

| Genevieve Jacobs
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The Hoot is here, discussing at what point the Instagram moment tips over into irresponsible behaviour; whether mobile phone cameras are an existential threat to our privacy and freedom (or not); and what movie you’d like to see filmed in Canberra.

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This week Ross and Genevieve start the discussion with a discussion about personal responsibility and public safety. There have been two tragic deaths recently at Gibraltar Falls although we don’t know anything about how those incidents occurred or why, and therefore can’t make any judgements.

READ ALSO Marketing of ‘Instagrammable’ Gibraltar Falls pulled after two deaths

However the incidents have prompted the ACT’s tourism bodies to rethink promoting the site’s social media impact.

The site, along with other remote beauty spots, has been promoted for its Instagrammable qualities. So when does the quest for a great “Insta” shot trump common sense? And how much control can authorities actually exert over people who make poor choices in these situations?

Poor choices also come into the conversation when we consider Canberra’s recently installed mobile phone cameras. There are two fixed cameras and three mobile units and, as Ross points out, they can also tell whether you’re wearing pants in the car.

READ ALSO Keep your pants on, mobile detection cameras aren’t all bad

But on a more serious note, is it really a major impost on your freedom to be snapped while doing something that’s dangerous to others?

Canberra is also an increasingly popular destination for international television series and movies. Starting with the likes of the Liam Neeson vehicle, Blacklight, we’ve seen more and more overseas production companies choose Canberra for its ease of access, industry friendly government and clear light.

The latest is a Singaporean company planning to make a jam packed action drama series from the end of February.

READ ALSO Singapore film company set to make Canberra the stage for 20-episode drama series

So what television series would you like to see filmed in the ACT and why? Ross has a suggestion, but you’ll have to listen in to find out exactly which horror movie he thinks is a good fit for us and what Fletcher Jones slacks have to do with it.

The Hoot appears every week on Riotact and wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify. Have a listen, tell us what you think and rate us.

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Not The Mama10:09 am 28 Feb 23

RE: Mobile Phones.

In NSW they have banned the use of mobile phones in the front part of the vehicle – i.e. not even the passenger can use one.

While it seems intuitively obvious, I think that the notion that using a mobile phone while driving is associated with an unacceptable risk is yet to be conclusively demonstrated – particularly when the phone is docked and being used hands free.

As Ross pointed out it’s not illegal to fiddle with a street directory (or the radio or attend to a crying baby or having a cup of coffee while driving!). And how many of us has been in a cab while the driver is furiously tapping away at the machine booking system to secure his/her next ride?

I detest camera detection systems for another reason: On Hindmarsh Drive you can be detected speeding 4 times by the various fixed speed and red-light cameras, and the run over a pedestrian in Duffy or Fyshwick. Nothing is a greater deterrent than seeing a police car driving behind you, and fines are a poor deterrent for some.

Where are the police? I haven’t seen a police officer in months!

Looking at the NSW Transport website, it doesn’t mention anything about the banning of mobile phones in the front part of vehicles. Agree though, other than speed traps, I never see a police car on patrol.

Please point me to the legislation that says a front seat passenger in NSW can’t use a mobile phone?

Not The Mama10:42 am 27 Feb 23

I just finished watching “Secret City” – Full Australian cast, all of them brilliant – Story written by Chris Uhlmann and our city looked really wonderful. RE: Ross’s idea for the “The Living Dead”, we have ready-to-go background actors around parliament house. May make a nice change to sitting around nodding at question time. (Only joking ;-P)

Not The Mama10:22 am 27 Feb 23

RE: “Award Winning Region Media”.

Hear Hear! Well done!

And in a media environment that has turned TCT turn into a shell of what it once was, full of advertisements and very little real and new content, full FRONT-PAGE advertisements, dubious links to “promoted stories’ on their website that are nothing but click bait and resorting to cash giveaways to get readers.

Surely even Region Media is concerned and saddened by that too.

Surely the phone camera privacy question is about whether it is OK to invade the privacy of a very large number of people who are NOT doing anything illegal, in order to deter or catch the lesser number who are using phones while driving.

Is it OK to photograph an innocent fully legal driver who is naked and sexually aroused in order to catch someone acting illegally? 🙂

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