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Give a Little Bit: The Other Side of CCTV

We always see surveillance footage of thefts and crashes and gangs and drug-dealing and other crimes, but this awe-inspiring video showcases the brighter side of CCTV.


Love Everybody: People stealing ... a kiss

Tis the season of giving and what better way to celebrate it with a 1:36 video you’ll want to watch a million times and share with everyone.

Originally a Coca Cola ad and reintroduced by Love Everybody, the video showcases the other things that surveillance cameras capture every day ... not just the crimes and tragedies we typically see from CCTV footage.

The awe-inspiring video is accompanied by “Give a Little Bit,” the opening song on Supertramp’s 1977 album, “Even in the Quietest Moments.”

On this Thanksgiving weekend, forget the Black Friday frenzy, the political hangover and other distractions, and just remember to give a little bit.

All of us at CE Pro wish you a happy, healthy holiday. We are truly thankful to all of you for giving us ... a lotta bit.

Love Everybody: Give a Little Bit

And here’s another charming one!

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About the Author

Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson. [More by Julie Jacobson]

8 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Kip Meacham  on  11/21  at  03:10 PM

Thanks, Julie, for refreshing (pun intended) my faith in humanity. Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  11/21  at  03:13 PM

You’re very welcome, Kip. I’m trying to write a story but I can’t stop watching the damn thing.

Posted by Lucy  on  11/21  at  09:59 PM

Give a Little Bit is not a “Supertramp” song, it is a Roger Hodgson song.  I saw Roger perform this classic in concert just last month and it was amazing.  What a show.

Roger, co-founder of Supertramp, wrote Give a Little Bit when he was in his teens and before he even met Rick and co-founded the band.  The version used in this song is a new recording from Roger.

Many people don’t realize that although Roger and Rick shared writing credit, they actually wrote and composed separately with each singing their own respective songs.  Roger also gave us Breakfast in America, Take the Long Way Home, The Logical Song, Dreamer, Fool’s Overture, and more!

I saw on Roger’s Facebook page that he is already announcing tour dates for 2013.  Give yourself a gift this holiday season and get tickets for a show.  You’ll be so glad you did.  I’ve already got tickets for two shows.  Once you see him, you too will see that once is definitely not enough.  Details on Events at

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  11/22  at  09:09 AM

Thanks for the lesson, Lucy. It is an awesome song.

Posted by Kerry  on  11/28  at  09:10 AM

Is it just me that is freaked out that ANY of our moments are being captured by complete strangers? Who had enough access to actually put this together? The answer is obvious this stuff was posted on YouTube or on the Internet.

I suggest we think about this as if our society was different. How do you think Russians think of survalience cameras. Different than we do that’s for sure. The only question is how long before we are afraid of survalience.

Guard our liberties people and don’t take invasion of privacy lightly just because it is overlaid with a nice song.

Posted by Jason Knott  on  11/28  at  09:24 AM

@Kerry - I am sure everyone hears your concern to a certain extent.  I have seen studies that show every year more Americans are willing to give up a certain amount of privacy for the sake of security/safety.

In that vein, one integrator told me that when he tries to sell residential camera systems, he uses a video clip of a parent who while at work saw on his home surveillance system that his small child was climbing a ladder onto the roof of his house. He was able to call the nanny to save the boy before he was injured.

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  11/28  at  10:00 AM

Kerry, I was thinking the exact same thing. Don’t mind all the cameras around to catch the bad guys, but not a fan of having all captured video in the public domain. What if the lovebirds were married to other people, for example?

On the other hand, my guess is that these weren’t public cameras but planted by Coke ... and they got permission from the participants.

Posted by Kerry  on  11/28  at  10:08 AM

Point as many cameras as you like at your own house on your own property. That is actually a private property owners own prerogative and I would support that. I would suggest if that person was watching that remotely using an Internet connection that is rife with its own issues the same way people had an expectation that email was private to find out that is not true.

However this video is showing videos taken of complete strangers on public streets.

We could use the same cameras to compile data that identifies how many people are walking down the street, what race they are, what are their preferences (what are they buying or what are they wearing), do they own dogs, do they have cars, do they own guns, are they carrying backpacks, do they travel in groups and so on.

Is it possible the government using the Patriot Act could secretly hack your IP based camera?

Yeah I know. Paranoid “never gonna happen” stuff….right?

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