Optimistic me says that this is only going to help big-screen TV sales, but people are getting used to surveillance nation. If you'll take a probulatin' from the .gov to go visit grandma for Thanksgiving, then why not undergo one from mall cops to go watch a bunch of grown men in spandex pants writhe in sweaty piles on the ground and pat each other on the butt?
As I commented over at SG's place:
In many NFL markets, twentysomething football fans have been carrying clear or mesh bookbags to school all their lives. This will just be like a cozy class reunion for them.On most of the globe, for most of history, "privacy" has just not really been a thing. I think it's important, but Neanderthals probably thought wooly mammoth herds were important, too. Arthur C. Clarke and his longing to merge with the collective hive mind was probably on the right side of history, alas.
Homo privatus, an odd offshoot of the species that thrived from the Fertile Crescent to Hibernia for a few thousand years, is largely supplanted now by Homo communis.