This Economist article made me think about what kind of madness would break loose should the next terrorist attacks on the U.S. happen during Microsoft’s big marketing launch of Windows XP here in NYC. Think about it. America’s richest man. One of America’s richest companies. In America’s richest city. Scary.
Every day I see more articles about people freaking out about biological and chemical warfare. Much of this behavior stems from people being scared by the media. For the past six weeks, most of the nightly news shows like 48 Hours and 60 Minutes have been about nothing but terrorism, and chemical and biological warfare. I even watched a few minutes of Sam Donaldson walking around a giant map of the Middle East using his feet as pointers trying in vain to educate dumb America about geography. I think that what most people need to realize and remember is that the media is in the business to sell news. Meaning that they are a for-profit industry. Meaning that the more papers they sell and the more viewers they have, the more they can charge their advertisers which increases their revenues. Nothing sells more papers than printing scary articles (no matter how inaccurate or biased they may be). Whether we like it or not, America is a media-obsessed country and most Americans follow the mainstream media around like sheep. Monkey-see, monkey-do. The key to beating these terrorists is to educate the people. The more we know, the less scared and more prepared we are for whatever they may try next. The last thing we need is more sensationalistic news and footage of people making frantic runs on grocery stores and gas stations. I haven’t seen any news reports of it, but I’ll bet that there are a number of companies raking in the money from scared Americans building bomb shelters, just like they did in the 1960s during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
New slang, borne of IRC:
joshua: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011021/re/people_britain_spices_dc_1.html susank: not like they were still reigning, anyways cam: susank is kind of like a spice girl cam: susank and the pussycats susank: gee THANKS susank: I like the latter better susank: that could be me, Kylie and Venus susank: Venus is the fat stupid one, so she'd be on drums susank: Kylie would probly do better vocals than me cam: yeah, but who's the one that dances around the stage and smashes guitars? susank: that would be Kylie. She knocks everything over susank: crashed my orchid this morning cam: that sounds like some slang cam: "Man, I totally crashed some orchid last night..." joshua: drug slang, heh cam: who said anything about drugs? joshua: let's use this phrase and see if we can get it into the language susank: crashing the/my orchid? susank: sure susank: cam: all slang comes from drugs or sex joshua: dude, i'm gonna crash some serious orchid tonight joshua: No match for "ORCHIDCRASHER.COM". *** sottix (firstname.lastname@example.org) has joined channel #collab *** sottix has left channel #collab cam: man, my orchid is so crashed right now susank: who was that? cam: i don't know, but he totally crashed my orchid elise: this orchid phrase is bad. joshua: you're just not used to it yet cam: hey elise, wanna crash my orchid with me? susank: c/mon elise, you'll love it cam: it's kind of like the slang "whipping your own cream"
OK, who shot the Talking Moose?
The worst benefit concert ever! Hilarious account of Michael Jackson’s over-hyped benefit concert last weekend in Washington D.C. [via Backup Brain]
Posted by Cameron Barrett at October 22, 2001 06:30 PM