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An Excellent Observation on Airlines 2002 Jul 27

… in a Longer, Interesting Speech from Bruce Sterling. Worth a read. Really worth your valuable time.

If you’ve been in airports recently, I believe you are seeing a pretty apt, early version of Terrorspace. At any random moment, you can have your possessions rifled through by strangers. Your shoes are scanned, and various small but vital objects in your pockets can be confiscated by semi-educated security geeks. They’re either pathetically under-trained for the job (in which case you certainly feel no safer), or else they are intelligent and capable people (in which case you pity them and wish they had some other job, for the sake of general human happiness and the GNP). Rather than making us any safer, Terrorspace airports serve as political indoctrination centers that humiliate our voting population on a broad scale. They are meant to inure us to ever-escalating levels of governmental clumsiness and general harm.

Joe Crawford blogged this at 4:30pm in 2002 in July. The 27th was a Saturday. You are reading this 16 years later. Make a public comment. There are no comments Tweet. Direct message. Send email. It has hashtags→ .

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