Patricia beltmeyer played by jennifer garner is an

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Patricia Beltmeyer (played by Jennifer Garner) is an obsessively overprotective mom who spends hours after hours worrying what the Internet might do to her daughter Brandy (played by Kaitlyn Dever). Her every online move, search entry, visited site, interaction with other devices and whereabouts are track ed by Patricia, either by directly searching in Brandy’s phone and profile, or by a GPS tracker. Here, in the character of Patricia, the film shows another example of a person who cannot control herself in relation to all the online tracking possibilities. Patricia’s logic is that, because it is possible to know where your child is all the time, it is also necessary. The film here
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68 misses an opportunity to make a breach between the question of ‘what is possible’ and ‘what is right’. Patricia’s line, after she has just deleted an arguably ‘creepy’ message from her daughter’s Facebook profile, ‘Honey, you know I just do this to keep you safe’ becomes true when Brandy is actually the one who turns out to be the most decent and well-behaving person of all of her peers. Significantly enough, Patricia’s daughter Brandy is the only teen in the film who has not completely gone off the rails. Brandy still reads paper books, is capable of making connections with other people in the physical world, while still having a rather harmless (but secret) Tumblr-account on which she connects with peers and expresses herself via blog posts and pictures. It seems at first that the films want to portray a decent person who also has a significant online presence, but this is contested the moment Patricia finds out about her daughter’s website, she deletes her daughter’s complete hard drive, from pictures to school projects. As a spectator, we think this act (and Patricia’s behavior in general) is rather obsessive and deranged, since Brandy is one of the few characters who does not seem to need a controlling parent. The question arises if the film actually want to say that because of Patricia’s helicopter parenting, Brandy actually becomes a decent person? But the case of Brandy and her mother Patricia offers an interesting insight in the notion of transparent surveillance. Brandy knows she is being watched; the methods her mom uses are quite overt. For Brandy then it is necessary to behave online and make us of certain strict protocols set out by her mother. Brandy can derive what kind of behavior is allowed online by the way she is punished by her mother. In that sense, Brandy’s sense of protocol in internalized. The moment that it is revealed that she does own and administer a Tumblr account, and with all the disastrous stories of the film in mind, you actually expect that Brandy’s account is filled with pornographic images of herself. This expectation is fueled by a rather cryptic and suggestive scene of Brandy in which we see her changing into black and tight clothes and putting on a pink wig (see fig. 8). But when we
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