Smile, You’re on Candid Camera!

May 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Modern technology has helped a lot to present a clear picture or story about even minor incidents at a truck accident scene. With smartphones and digital cameras, photos can be taken and video can be recorded at the scene and sent directly to the company owner, insurance carrier or the breakdown company.

While a customer was getting his personal belongings out of his vehicle, his friend asked me if he could see our “big tow truck.” I was a bit puzzled until he showed me a video on his phone of my husband up-righting a tanker. The video included audio — which was quite clear — and this person was across the highway from the scene.

He was quite impressed with the recovery being done with our “big tow truck.” I was impressed with the clarity of the video, but surprised by the reality that we are all being watched whether we know it or not.

There was a great show I loved to watch as a kid. It was titled Candid Camera. This was an early reality TV series in which a hidden camera recorded ordinary people being confronted with unusual situations — such as a person sitting at a desk and the desk drawers keep opening for no reason. Once the prank was revealed, the person was told the catch phrase: “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera.”

It seems a bit scary though, to know that no matter where you are, and what you are doing or saying, you could be photographed and videotaped and shown to the world and you wouldn’t even know it.

While the TV series had some fun with hidden cameras, and the person in my office was impressed with the recovery video, the reality is this: Technology has made it possible for photography to be entertaining, helpful and even hurtful. (And, there’s no waiting for photos to be developed, either — it’s all done instantly.)

I guess the rule of thumb should be that you “smile” every day, because you never know when you will be on a “candid” camera.