FFfAW – Being Watched

The government has hidden tiny camera “eyes” everywhere. There isn't anywhere you can go and not be seen.

“It is for the safety of the people,” they argued. Some people being okay with that, others, not so much.

“I don't want to be watched everywhere I go. It is taking away my freedom and my privacy!”

“I feel better knowing they are keeping an eye on everything and finding terrorists before they have a chance to hit. I have nothing to hide.”

“I don't have anything to hide either, but you can't even go to church without being watched.”

They both happen to look up at the dome ceiling where two tiny cameras are placed, busy scanning the entire cathedral.


Thank you TJ for our beautiful photo prompt this week!

This is my 120 word submission for the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 75-175 words with which to create our stories. Everyone is invited to participate. For more information, click HERE.

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112 thoughts on “FFfAW – Being Watched

  1. so true – we have these conversations often with our 26 and 28 year old boys who get very upset about the invasion of privacy. My son who is expecting is very skeptical and may not even want me to post pics of my grandchild here as he says it is sharing something the child has no control over later and putting it out to the world which can’t be taken away. I on the other hand am probably too transparent. LOL! It is a sign of the times.

  2. Ooh…the concept of “big brother”. In this time & age where there are little cameras attached to our phones and people choose to share so much of themselves on social media, is there really such a thing as privacy anymore? 😦

    Great take on the prompt, PJ! Thought-provoking and well-written.

  3. Dilemma indeed! There needs to be a balance I suppose but when it comes to the government, there’s always an ulterior motive with everything! Great story! ☺

  4. I don’t like the idea of being watched all the time either. But then, at public sites like this, it makes sense to me, both for the potential danger to the people visiting but also for the potential danger to these priceless artifacts of history.

  5. I was thinking you were for real. I am glad you are not for real with this subject. No one enjoys being watched. When I taught school there were cameras everywhere. Those who stayed on task were not a problem. Those who didn’t became the problem with proof.

    • It isn’t fun to be watched all the time and I certainly don’t want to be. Those kids that strayed away from their tasks probably got into trouble and there was proof to back the teacher up.

  6. Yes, they areare watching. But if everyone uses that freedom thing, it could get dangerous! Much easier to control the way. It’s for our own good. (Just in case they ate reading too). πŸ˜‰

  7. Great story that touches the truth of what we are facing. I get really paronoid of cameras, till I often wonder if anyone had installed it in the toilets or hotel bedrooms. We want security but we didn’t like being watched. Hahaha! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  8. I find it distasteful too and just so odd, soon we’ll be able to watch murder being committed on the evening news, oh that’s right, we already have. Horrid, and quickly turning me into a hermit!

  9. oooh. what a unique tale, PJ! I love the diversity in your responses. They are all unique, well-thought of, and of course brilliantly written! πŸ™‚ This one is timely. In the age of technology and terrorism, which weighs more, security or privacy? Great issue, well-written story! πŸ™‚

  10. I am one of those people that is okay with being watched all the time because I have got nothing to hide. I didn’t think that I would be quite boring to watch mind you. Except maybe those obscure Google searches that have to do with writing… You know, things like, how do you get away with murder?!

  11. This is interesting PJ. The idea of ‘big brother’ always watching us through cameras, even in a church. But I caught a bit of irony here because if you’re in a church and believe in God, even just a God, don’t you think he is always watching, all-seeing and all-knowing? Clever PJ.

  12. The erosion of our privacy is another crumbling block in our loss of freedom, whether we realize it or not. Regrettably, technology and the unbridled use of it to expose our lives not only to mysterious government entities, but to our fellow citizens seems inevitable. So much is shared online now that we make it too easy for Big Brother to follow our every move.

    As for the notion of security, I’m of the mind that the best any body of “protection” (whether police, FBI, TSA, etc) can do is to provide the illusion that we are safe. And it’s that illusion that allows people to go about their lives without living in constant fear.

    I really like the contrasting viewpoints you illustrated all the while having the conversation observed by others. That really made your point. Very well done, PJ. I think this was one of your finer pieces. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much, Chris. I agree that our freedom has been eroded by privacy issues. And yes, social media has made it that we allow people into our privacy with our consent. It’s a very touchy subject for me because I value my privacy even though I am more transparent by blogging on WordPress. (I rarely go on Facebook or other social media sites).

      • Social media really is a double-edged sword, isn’t it? We are social creatures and technology has opened so many new doors for us to explore that, but at the same time, an open door gives little protection. I guess nothing comes without a price.

  13. Great story. I know it was more “Big Brother” but I have to say those statues at catholic school always seemd to be following me with their eyes! (I may have said this before, I repeat myself often, can’t wait to be a senior citizen so I can have an excuse for it!)

  14. Ahh are you sure those are cameras, perhaps they are the eyes of God. Boy this could really turn into quite a debate which I know it has and I really agree with both sides…not sure which side I lean more on…I say cameras but then I wonder about that! Great story PJ!! xo

  15. Wonderful story, Joy! It does represent the type of world we live in today…not everything is filmed, however, more and more is done as time goes by and it is scary to know there may be a camera watching your every move! In a lot of cases, it has proved to be helpful in catching bad people, but I still would feel uneasy knowing I’m being watched all the time.

    • Thank you, Jessie! I agree with you about being watched all the time, but I do believe we are just about at that point. Sadly, we have to give up our privacy for security in this day and age.

  16. Ah, you too wrote about an Eye, but yours is even creepier than mine, I think – Big Brother is always watching us!

    Loved your take on this, Priceless Joy! (And I love your name, as well, if I haven’t already mentioned it!)

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