I often wonder 'Where Do These Things Come From Anyway?'. These things
include various witty slogans that seem idiotic but, for many, simply irresistible. In The New York Times
today this story
about "If You See Something, Say Something" the anti-terrorism mantra that has been popping up all over. You can see an example here
and another here
of how this fine advice gets incorporated into in public policy. The implementation is why I side with the skeptics and why I wish advertising execs would restrain their impulse to do something. Allen Kay! Stick to peddling shoes or usury and leave the rest of us alone!
Count me among the skeptics like Bill Dobbs
who is quoted in the The Times
report. Beyond the baleful political consequences there is the plea for common sense. Ask yourself: 'If I were standing near a vehicle that began smoking would I need a sign with a pithy slogan to prompt me to contact the local authorities? Or, on the other hand, am I actually a sensible adult?'
Labels: NYC, terrorism