II. While Reading Activities
- invasion |inˈvāZHən| noun-an unwelcome intrusion into another’s domain: random drug testing of employees is an unwarranted invasion of privacy.
- ubiquitous |yo͞oˈbikwədəs| adjective-present, appearing, or found everywhere: his ubiquitous influence was felt by all the family | cowboy hats are ubiquitous among the male singers.
- live-stream verb [ with obj. ] transmit or receive live video and audio coverage of (an event) over the Internet: the network live-streamed every competition through its Olympic website | you can live-stream the performance from your computer.
- smuggle|ˈsməɡəl| verb [ with obj. ] -convey (someone or something) somewhere secretly and illicitly: he smuggled out a message.
- preys |prā| verb [ no obj. ] (prey on/upon) cause constant trouble and distress to: the problem had begun to prey on my mind.
- panic |ˈpanik| noun-sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behavior: she hit him in panic | [ in sing. ] : he ran to the library in a blind panic
- cloud |kloud| noun-(often the cloud) Computing a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet and used to store, manage, and process data in place of local servers or personal computers: $13 per month gets you 25GB of storage in the cloud | [ as modifier ] : once you are logged in to your cloud storage space, you can upload files to it and share them with others.
- surveillance |sərˈvāləns| noun-close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal: he found himself put under surveillance by military intelligence.
- accountable |əˈkoun(t)əb(ə)l| adjective-(of a person, organization, or institution) required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible: government must be accountable to its citizens | parents could be held accountable for their children’s actions.
- trade-off |ˈtrād ˌôf| noun-a balance achieved between two desirable but incompatible features; a compromise: a trade-off between objectivity and relevance.
All police should have body cams. All police interrogations should be recorded and the recording made available to the accused. Courtrooms should have publicly available cameras. In fact, in any situation where the powerful can victimize the powerless, cameras should be rolling.
There are some ways in which humans change and evolve to cope with changing technology and other ways in which humans will never change.
I think it’s likely that, over time, we’ll adjust to the ubiquity of horrible videos online and learn to understand that the most entertaining videos and pictures don’t reflect the reality of the world, but are exceptions to normal activity.
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
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That’s why people are polite in an elevator, but rude in traffic.
I’m a big fan of the Ring Video Doorbell.
I’d love to see a lot more cameras in the world.