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TV that looks back
by Critical Commons Manager `

The old, familiar cinematic trope of TVs that watch back is deployed unapologetically in this final scene from Enemy of the State, which ironically segues directly to Larry King declaring the need for limits on the government's right to violate the privacy of citizens. The TV also appears here as a conduit for individual communication by a reformed NSA operative who has eluded and reversed the gaze of the state surveillance apparatus.

This Commentary is related to the following Clips:
Enemy of the State TV surveillance by Tony Scott (1998) The final scene of Enemy of the State merges television and surveillance as personal communication technologies