Had to share this piece from the Ottawa Citizen about the creepy “global travel advisory” last week.
Should we have ever flattered ourselves to imagine that we are not seven years old, last week we were corrected: Don’t go too far from home, we were warned, and look out for stranger danger.
Well, not necessarily “we” — in a sweeping international travel advisory, the United States State Department warned its citizens that it’s dangerous to venture forth into the big, bad world. Perhaps, then, the rest of us are the suspicious candy-peddlers lurking in white vans. Hard to know, really — it’s all so vague. What signs of terrorist activities are people meant to look out for? Anything! Where are they meant to look? Everywhere! What are they meant to do in the event that they see, you know, something? Anyone’s guess! The advisory is global in every way.
By infantilizing the people that they’re supposed to protect, broad terrorist and travel alerts are not only stupid…
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