I think there is enough leeway in what I've stated to allow camera networks to remain useful. You get a general idea of what is going on, and short descriptions can be good indicators that you are looking at the right person. Especially considering they often include a weapon or piece of gear the person is wearing, as well as potentially how good looking they are.
In most cases, these camera networks are on streets, and those streets are in the Mix. Are you making the case that of the hundreds of people passing in front of those cameras in mixer fashion every few minutes, you should be able to reasonably pick out a specific person?
Or that your character is so intently watching your camera which is so amazingly HD that you are able to make out the face of the person who just whipped by on a motorcycle at high speed?
I think not. Use your cameras to get a general gist of what is going on, and use context clues to better identify folx. Just seeing a name does not mean you know the person. I understand this makes it more difficult, but I think everyone would be better off if we all added a bit of buffer into our roleplay around this kind of thing. Instead of being 100% sure you saw Joe walk by your camera which is placed on Fuller St, the busiest and most packed street in the world, maybe you are only 50% sure. Wouldn't that lead to more interesting RP? And isn't RP what we are here for?
It's not a perfect solution, but neither is literally having no display names. Because it makes targeting people for positive or negative actions or just talking very difficult. Names are MOSTLY unique, but they are not not completely unique. Especially, especially, especially on TV.
There might be only ONE player at a time name (excluding NPCs) named 'Bob'. But in the course of the 20+ years of Sindome, and the 15+ years of recorded content we have-- there have been dozens of Bobs.
Some of the shows you're watching on TV are OLD. And I bet the majority of you are already using context clues to know that the Bob you see on that old episode of the Juicy Vee show standing in a group of characters you've never heard of, isn't the same Bob that you just saw at the Drome.
(Edited by Slither at 9:41 am on 9/19/2020)