Regarding citizen videos, at present there's a large gap which needs to be dealt with, and it's a gap of gullibility regarding computers, the internet and video trickery.
I think there are a lot of tricks the
public in general needs to be reminded about. If you need a history of
them, I don't know how far back you want to go but I think about the TV
show 60 Minutes, because it became clear they'd interview someone and
then replace the questions they really asked them later with shots of
them asking different but similar questions. Subtle manipulations.
I've thought of is the one where you are shown a video, it's said that
this is a view of, for example, a police raid during the aftermath of
the Boston bombing, but in reality it's a video of some other police
interaction at a different time and perhaps place. taken at the usual
distance, i.e., fairly far away. How would one know? How often have you
watched one and assumed its provenance was as indicated, yet with no
reason to really believe it?
Sequencing is often played with. One
event is shown, then another, and the viewer assumes that at the actual
event, this happened, one-two, just like that. Yet if there was any cut
from a scene, it's possible the video was edited to suppress knowledge of intervening events or situations.
Lately we've seen actual political stunts
pulled like this. The O'Keefe ACORN video was done like that.
Obama's employees got fired in a separate incident for out-of-context video.
People are believing video which should not be necessarily believed.
Once this gullibility is fixed, we can proceed with the transparency progress.