Unsettling signs of the times?

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Luke 21:25-28

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(a drone above the city center / Savannah, Ga / Julie Cook / 2016)

On a recent visit to one of my most favorite cities on this planet of ours, Savannah, Georgia, my husband and I were idly wandering the city market section of the city when something a bit unsettling literally dropped out of the sky into my field of vision.

The City Market is an eclecticly trendy little section of town located on the far north end of the historic district. It’s an area that features a variety of kitschy touristy shops, eateries and adult watering holes. It’s a pedestrian only section void of the chaotic street traffic, horse carriages, trollies and pedicabs Savannah is notoriously famous for–and it is adjacent to Ellis Square—a more modern, spartan and minimalistic square sadly void of the moss draped live oaks and colonial monuments which evoke Savannah’s true historic and southern charm.

This tourist hotspot is usually crowded day or night and is not one of my most favorite areas of the city but as it was close to our hotel, we decided to spend a little time exploring.

Now imagine my surprise when something up in the crystal blue sky catches my eye hovering about where normally I should see a passing bird flitting by…

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As it takes me a minute to actually process what I’m seeing, this invader, which is hovering overhead, suddenly drops and quickly angles its way into the crowd perching directly at head level. It is now hovering over the outdoor tables where folks are gathered ordering, having lunch or simply drinking something tasty while enjoying the beautiful springlike February day.

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The drone turns around, scanning the crowd as I can see its camera focusing in and out on different tables and different groups of people. I quickly look to the square to see if I can see anyone anywhere working the controls to this usurper of peace.

Then just as easily, quickly and quietly as it descended over this crowded city center, this unwelcomed voyeur rises back up into the sky, disappearing over the roof tops.

And with the visit of this uninvited guest, one must remember that Savannah is not only a charming southern town located on the banks of the Savannah River, steeped in rich Colonial, Revolutionary and even Civil War history, Savannah is home to the 3rd busiest US port.

So to have a drone drop-in literally out of the blue is a bit unsettling…and more than unnerving….

It’s one thing to be in a park somewhere watching some kid trying to maneuver and manipulate one of these state of the art toys–kind of like watching someone working the controls of a model airplane…yet it’s something else entirely when watching this science fiction come to life extension of big brother easily and readily moving in and about a very crowded city with no signs of any one manning the controlls nearby.

Why is it here?
What is it doing?
What is it up to?
Who’s flying it?
Why is it flying here in a highly touristy area?
What is it filming?
Why is it filming?
Who’s using the video and for what purpose will it be used?
And it should be noted that obviously there are no boundaries nor parameters, no getting the permission of those being filmed—making the clamoring of personal privacy a moot point.
Negating the private moments of those who are sitting at the tables trying to enjoy a meal, a day, some time… who have now just experienced a massive moment of privacy invasion…
and yet it just seems to be all ok…

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Something is inherently wrong with this picture.

16 comments on “Unsettling signs of the times?

  1. It could be a drone owned by a neighbor who is using it as a hobby. It doesn’t always mean when a person sees a drone it’s big brother…

    • Oh I know Vincent and normally it wouldn’t have bothered me—but this was not a residential area–a heavy touristy business sector and to have this literally swoop in to table top level, hovering over table after table, filming folks just eating and chatting was not shades of a hobbiest—reminded more of an annoying mosquito 🙂

  2. Wally Fry says:

    For real.

    I bet it was Vincent though. Long distance drone.

  3. Wally Fry says:

    And why have you fallen out of my reader?

  4. Lynda says:

    There is definitely something unnerving about this invasion of privacy. It must have been disturbing for the majority of the people there and a bit unsettling. Technology, as all things, can be used for good or for malicious acts. I hope it didn’t ruin your good time in Savannah. I have been there once many years ago and enjoyed myself tremendously. Blessings!

    • Oh Lynda it would take a lot more than and errant drone to mess up me being in Savannah— 🙂
      When I was in the classroom, it was an act of congress to make certain that any videoing, photographs of people could not be used for projects, the yearbook, school publication unless permission was given by those videoed or photographs—and even if this thing here in Savannah belongs to some student at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) I still don’t like being “snooped upon” by someone I can’t see nor do I not liking knowing the reasoning for filming…just that teacher in me 🙂

  5. Wow, that would be unnerving to say the least. But I tend to think this was the work of some hobbyist with a penchant for drama and alarming the innocent! The government is certainly capable of such but I don’t think they would make their presence so overtly obvious and in such a seemingly benign area. In Texas someone might well shoot it down if it descended in certain places down here. Or who knows maybe it was an alien checking us out. Do do do do, do do do do, shades of the Twilight Zone it has. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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