This is hilarious and excellent advice from Taleb's facebook page!
The magic of the camera in reestablishing ethical behavior. We used to live in small communities; our reputations were directly determined by what we did --we were watched. Today, anonymity brings the ass*le in persons.
I accidentally discovered a way to change the behavior of unethical and abusive people.
1) The other day, in the NY subway corridor in front of the list of exits, I hesitated for a few seconds trying to get my bearings... A well dressed man started heaping insults at me "for stopping". Instead of hitting him as I would have done in 1921, I pulled my cell and took his picture while calmly calling him a "Mean idiot abusive to lost persons". He freaked out and ran away from me, hiding his face in his hands.
2) A man in upstate NY got into my parking spot in as I was backing into it. I told him it was against etiquette, he acted as an as**le. Same thing, I silently took his picture and that of his license plate. He rapidly drove away and liberated the parking spot.
3) Near where I live there is a forest path/preserve banned to bicycles as they harm the environment. Two mountain cyclists ride on it every weekend during my 4 PM walk. I admonished them to no avail. The other day I calmly took a dozen of pictures, making sure they noticed. The bigger guy complained, but they they left rapidly. They have never returned.
Of course, I destroyed their pictures. But I never thought handhelds could be such a weapon.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb