Monday, July 11, 2005

BBC In Fantasyland

Finally, some good news from the BBC! It turns out that Thursday's bombing horror could not happen because terror is a myth. In "The Power of Nightmares" broadcast by the BBC last fall, they helpfully explained that the threat of international terrorism "is a fantasy that has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It is a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media. So all those Brits aren't really lying dead in the London subway. It's just a dark illusion! Whew!

It turns out that Al Qaeda is not to blame for this nasty terror rumor, but British politicians: "In an age when all the grand ideas have lost credibility, fear of a phantom enemy is all the politicians have left to maintain their power."

That's not to say that there weren't doubts at BBC. Writer and producer Adam Curtis, admitted to some potential embarassment: "If a bomb goes off, the fear I have is that everyone will say, 'You're completely wrong,' even if the incident doesn't touch my argument. This shows the way we have all become trapped, the way even I have become trapped by a fear that is completely irrational."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dunno, he seems to be thinking along different lines. Maybe he\s alluding to terrorism creating a disproportionate amount of fear in comparison to driving or smoking?

Thu Feb 16, 02:41:00 AM 2006  

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