Thursday, April 18, 2013

Whose Watching You?

No detail is too small.

No eyewitness account is trivial.

But then it becomes a huge job, now there is so much information, which way to turn?

Not to 'cash in' on tragedy, but in the social media right now... if you saw something at the Boston Marathon that seemed out of place, you are asked to report it to authorities. The FBI, CIA, and local law enforcements are not only looking for the 'bad guys', but they are looking to the public, the people watchers.... asking, what did they see?

I've said this before, I can put a spin on anything, but it really struck a cord with me on Tuesday, the day following the tragic events at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. The police are looking for any information that ordinary people ( people on the streets of Boston) who may have observed someone out of place, someone who seemed nervous or fidgety, someone who was looking around to see if their actions were being noticed.

* People watching is all about observing.  Like I said the other day, the main purpose for doing * it is for amateur social science sport... entertainment!!  But it may be a sport that eventually leads to the arrest of some very sad individuals... criminals.

characters from my art journal
I never really watch those CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) shows, but I know a bit about the slang...MO's, artist's sketches, AFIS, slab, DNA, DB.... I was always intrigued by the Police sketch artist (hey, I had insert my art here into the post somehow).  But with today's social media.... there are reports all over the news that anyone with cell phone pictures or video from the area during the tragedy, to show them to the authorities.  Our camera's can observe a lot, with  hundreds, or even thousands of people at one event, any one of them could possible capture the evidence that leads to finding out who did this.
People watching can literally be done anywhere: airports, sporting events, restaurants, court, your home, church, parks, grocery stores, shopping malls & medical facilities.
Writers observe people in a natural environment to interpret their actions to establish characters and plots for a story.  Actors and performers observe reactions to situations, movements in body language, and voice inflections to develop connections to develop and drive their character persona. Police observe surveillance cameras to look for things that are out of place at a crime scene.
have you seent this manga dude?
Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop & look around once in a while, you could miss it.
I try and laugh at my own flaws. 
I consider myself at times the Mrs. Kravitz's of the neighborhood (she was the funny old lady on  Bewitched television show who would peer out her front window to see what's going on at the neighbor's house.)
Sometimes, we are so wrapped up in our own little world that we miss some things.  Here in the wake of an American tragedy... it appears that the authorities are asking people what they saw that day. 
Maybe it's not so weird to take a moment and reflect on LIFE'S simple pleasures - people watching, and be able to actually find a tiny detail that ends this story.  I hope they get caught!
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