The Amazon-owned home security company is producing a television show that sounds an invitation to participate in the surveillance state. Ring will sell you a camera just as swiftly as it will give law enforcement access to that same camera’s footage without a warrant.
Wanda Sykes will host ring nation, a new America’s Funniest home videos-style CLIP show from MGM television, ring, and big fish entertainment. In a press release, ring nation will feature footage captured on people’s ring cameras presented in a way that’s meant to be entertaining.
Ring nation’s executive producer Jamie Siminoff said the new community gives friends and family a fun new way to enjoy time with one another.’we’re so excited to have Wanda Sykes join ring nation to share people’s memorable moments with viewers,’ he said.
Amazon owns MGM television, big fish, and ring. The company has a vested interest in encouraging more people to outfit their homes with ring technology.
Ring nation’s attempts to normalize the idea and practice of people surveilling one another. But it may also be just the reminder some folks need to avoid that particular instance of our modern day panopticon.