We live in the age of ‘transparency’ or what I once heard Michael Power describe as ‘the age of permanent audit’. This is thanks to the presence, sometimes ubiquity, of technologies which make audit the default option, and inaudit (or privacy) a form of specified opt-out. For celebrities, these include legal and quasi-legal forms of media surveillance; for the powerful, it means the constant threat of leaks, the publication of money-grabbing memoirs and Freedom of Information Requests; for the rest of us, it means facebook and digital cameras.” —http://potlatch.typepad.com/weblog/2011/12/political-correctness-revisited.html
I was visiting the Tate Modern gallery in London when Laurie Anderson approached me and asked me if I had a light for her cigarette.
‘I’m sorry, I don’t smoke,’ I said.
She thanked me anyway and got a light from somebody else
recognition - an early Christmas present