Thursday, 11 March 2010

Terrorist, terrorists, everywhere!!!!...

I like to listen to TalkSport Radio while I'm driving in the car. Not so much during the day because they just chat about sport, but at night it becomes a 'phone-in' station. The subjects are widely varied, current news, lively debate, and light hearted banter etc. It's the UKs largest commercial station, and as you would expect there are advert breaks. It was during one of these breaks that I heard what I thought was a tongue in cheek promotion of a future program. It sounded so ridiculous that I assumed it was over the top in order to provoke discussion. It wasn't until it reached the end, announcing a free hotline number to report your neighbours as terrorists that I realised that it was for real. I'm astounded!...



This is one of a series of like minded adverts. These broadcasts set a dangerous precedent, turning neighbour against neighbour and leading people to believe that there are 'terrorists everywhere'. There was never this level of paranoia during the height of the IRA attacks.
I'm particularly concerned because I fall into this new terrorist category. I keep myself to myself, close curtains and use cash... I'm expecting the door to be broken down by police any moment now.
You just can't win. Leave the curtains open while you're vacuuming in the nude and you get reported, close them and you get reported for being a terrorist!
I've already reported all my neighbours, as many of them have been going out after dark, one of them was holding a bag and wearing glasses... is he a terrorist in disguise? The bus stop across the road worries me too. I often see people just standing there (sometimes for ages), not talking to anyone and looking around a bit. Are they going to blow themselves up? I'm turning myself in at the end of the week because I've always thought I looked a bit suspicious anyway!...

6 comments:

Jeaux said...

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

H. L. Menken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956)

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

Would you like to borrow my copy of "1984", Yes, Orwell was right afterall.
This used to be fiction, didnt it.

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Lee Ann said...

Happy Spring :)!
xo
Lee Ann

Kabya said...

wow..your blog is really awesome...i found it humorous though i dont know on what perspective you wrote it...but then what to do???we still are clueless about...who they are...we are really in a funny yet pathetic situation...and those ppl who terrorize us...are happily sitting and njoying the show....whatever...a very nice blog indeed...

Peace,
Mr. K.