17 December, 2017
SantaCam is a fake video camera you set out before Christmas to intimidate your children into “being good” lest their presents be revoked. It has a blinking red LED for realism, and it’s a great way to teach your kids that privacy is an illusion. Depending on their beliefs, the children subjected to SantaCam would generally believe one of three things:
1. An omniscient, remote authoritarian is watching them 24 hours a day.
2. Their parents do not grant them privacy, and are willing to surveill them continuously to deny them privacy.
3. Their parents value compliance over truth.
None of these are healthy ways to interact with your children. That’s why SantaCam has such poor – ah, never mind, it mostly has five-star reviews.