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January 29, 2004

Re: TV 24-7 and Mars rover images

I had a couple thoughts while pondering both Colleen Pohlig's TV 24/7 post, and Lance Dickie's post on digital photography in Mars Rover Images...

An increasing number of people have a cell phone with a digital camera built in, and increasingly these phones take video as well as photos.

Consider: Some jerk almost clips you swerving into your lane without a blinker, or speeds up to prevent you from merging in front of him, or is riding your tail. Or some guy is zooming by in the SUV lane solo. You simply hold up your phone and capture it all including his license plate number, then post it to a popular Web site devoted to Jerks on the Road, and e-mail a copy to the police with a title like "reckless driving."

Or you surreptitiously film your exchange with the police officer who pulls you over, for good or bad, to recognize their service or to protect yourself.

And our passengers can all enjoy these antics on America's Favorite Cell Phone Videos as we cruise down the highway with our car TVs.

Written by Randy Henderson, a regular contributor to NEXT.
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Posted by Colleen Pohlig at January 29, 2004 01:50 PM



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