Drought-Crazy Californians Are Using Apps To Publicly Shame Each Other

Californians are being driven drought-crazy, I swear. I know the drought is a big deal and it’s helpful for neighbors to hold each other accountable, but instead of going through official channels or, say, having an actual conversation with each other, Californians are publicly “drought-shaming” each other through Twitter and geolocating apps.

One of the more popular apps used to drought-shame is VizSafe, which was designed for users to share geolocated pictures; but now there’s an app called DroughtShameApp, too, designed specifically to tell you which assholes in your neighborhood are using unauthorized resources to make sure their lawns are green. The problem is, that’s all it does. While many California cities have help lines you can call to report your neighbors, turning to VizSafe and DroughtShameApp just put the information out to the public. The data never gets to the right people in the city bureaucracy, so the shamees never get corrected for their improper water usage.

While I totally understand this kind of technology-driven schadenfreude, it seems more productive to just call 311, right? Otherwise, you’re not really drought-shaming, you’re just going on Twitter to call Bob down the street an asshole, and we probably already knew that. [NPR]

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