Monday, October 8, 2007
Our (not so..?) Paranoid City
Last Year, 1,944 New Yorkers Saw Something And Said Something!
This poster, observed during my morning commute today, did not fill me with bon vivant humor and joie de vivre, although it did make me speak in cliched French phrases. What was I supposed to take from this message? That 1,944 New Yorkers averted a terrorist attack by spotting abandoned bombs sitting at the edge of subway platforms, and reporting them obediently? Is this scary or not? And what about those who didn't see and didn't say?
It is my feeling that this poster was attempting a bit of gentle chastisement of these folk, much like a dowdy schoolmarm urging children to use the potty. "Nah, I won't report that bomb today, because I am apathetic." Grade: F! "I think I will report that swarthy-looking furriner, who looks somewhat like an A-rab." Grade: A+! Next time, do your duty, and report it!
Here is a record of just a few of these seen/said events in the past year.
January 5, 2007: Some really unattractive shoes.
Um...not so much.
February 14, 2007: Waterboarding, head slapping, and exposure to extreme cold.
Hey, look at that extinct emu flying past the window! What shackles? I don't see any shackles.
October 3, 2007: 10 million low-income children seeking healthcare.
Aw, fuck the little brats.
Addendum: I can't finish this post at present; there are some swarthy-looking gentlemen of another race walking down my street. What is the number I am supposed to call to report this sort of thing?