File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2003/lyotard.0302, message 43


Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 19:23:50 +0000
Subject: Re: fear in a handful of dust




Glen
During the period 1970 until 1999 approx the UK lived under constant and 
continuous terrorist attack from either Irish terrorists, some 
Palestinian bombs or some internal fascists -  the affect of your 
everyday life will be zero after a few weeks into months.  The only 
important impact is the tendecy of the state to start introducing 
political liberties.

Nothing commodified about it then. just an insignificant change in 
peoples responses to strange events....

regards
steve

Glen Fuller wrote:

> Eric,
>
> > What I am concerned about is that to the extent I fear I can be
> > manipulated.  Fear is like the ultimate fetish of commodification.  The
> > products I buy do not offer happiness as much as freedom from fear.
> The SUV is possibly one of the best examples of 'freedom from fear' 
> commodified. If you think of security as a duration in time-space (ala 
> Virilio), so that a duration is a velocity 'forever' ie constant. 
> Forever is the unknown future. Car-drivers are partitioned a space 
> within the flows of traffic according to the rhythms of traffic. The 
> unknown future could be in the next second when some semi-trailer 
> t-bones you and your family. Enter the SUV: occupies a lot of space, 
> and therefore a particular duration in the rhtyhms of traffic by 
> territorialising the future with probabilities of (in)security so that 
> it is un-unknown. 
>  
> Perhaps when the fear of a buggered environment becomes actualised it 
> will be the only thing to reduce the everyday desire to occupy a 
> duration of time-space in the form of an SUV. Then again the bottom 
> could drop out of the fetish with further 'firestone disasters'...
>  
> Another example of the commodification of fear is its introduction 
> into the political economy of terrorism not by terrorists but by 
> the Australian Federal Government. The recent 'terrorist awareness' 
> package sent in the mail to every residence (and which a 
> teacher-friend was handed at her school), entitled: "Let's Look Out 
> for Australia: Protecting our way of life from a possible terrorist 
> threat"
>  
> Again it is the threat of a possible danger (terrorist threat) and by 
> territorialising the unknown future to make it known this generates an 
> (in)security. Also it encourages the 'capturing' of as many 
> differences within the fabric of Aussie everyday life to generate an 
> 'our way of life' . 'Fear' is the indirect technology utilised to 
> generate docility. The most sinister (and useless) information in the 
> booklet is the below:
>
>
>   We can all play a part
>
>
>       Be alert, but not alarmed
>
>
>       There are things we can all do to help protect our way of life.
>
> Keep yourself informed The Commonwealth Government will use 
> television, radio, newspapers and the internet to provide critical 
> information and advice on protecting our nation against terrorism. It 
> is important that you try to keep up to date with the news.
>
>
>       Keep an eye out for anything suspicious
>
> Some of the best people to spot things that are out of the ordinary in 
> a neighbourhood or workplace are those who are there every day. As we 
> all go about our daily lives, we should keep an eye out for things 
> that may be unusual or suspicious.
>
>
>       Be alert, but not alarmed.
>
> Whether or not something is suspicious can depend on the 
> circumstances. Look at the situation as a whole.
>
> -------
>
> Here are some further excepts:
>
>
>       Is Australia a potential terrorist target?
>
>     * Every country, including Australia, is a potential terrorist
>       target.
>     * Like many countries around the world, Australia has been on
>       heightened security alert since 11 September 2001.
>     * In November 2002, the Commonwealth Government received, and made
>       public, information of a possible terrorist attack within
>       Australia.
>     * Security and intelligence agencies constantly monitor all
>       available information. If the Commonwealth Government learns of
>       a further threat against Australia you will be advised through
>       the news media.
>
>
>       How long will Australia be on heightened security alert?
>
>     * It is likely that we will be living with increased security for
>       the foreseeable future.
>     * Terrorism has changed the world and security may never return to
>       the relaxed levels most of us grew up with.
>
>
>       What if my children become concerned or anxious about terrorism?
>
>     * Talk with your children about what is happening and what is
>       being done to protect them. Encourage them to say how they feel.
>     * Be honest about things being discussed in the media and in your
>       community.
>     * If anyone in your family becomes anxious to a point where it
>       starts interfering with daily life, consult a health professional.
>
> ------------
>
> I don't think too many people would be feeling much more secure after 
> reading that...
>
> The entire document is found at this URL:
>
> http://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/www/rwpattach.nsf/viewasattachmentPersonal/7125CDBBB8CFFD83CA256CC1007C8A1D/$file/letslookout.htm
>
> Glen.
>


HTML VERSION:

Glen
During the period 1970 until 1999 approx the UK lived under constant and continuous terrorist attack from either Irish terrorists, some Palestinian bombs or some internal fascists -  the affect of your everyday life will be zero after a few weeks into months.  The only important impact is the tendecy of the state to start introducing political liberties.

Nothing commodified about it then. just an insignificant change in peoples responses to strange events....

regards
steve

Glen Fuller wrote:
Eric,

> What I am concerned about is that to the extent I fear I can be
> manipulated.  Fear is like the ultimate fetish of commodification.  The
> products I buy do not offer happiness as much as freedom from fear.
The SUV is possibly one of the best examples of 'freedom from fear' commodified. If you think of security as a duration in time-space (ala Virilio), so that a duration is a velocity 'forever' ie constant. Forever is the unknown future. Car-drivers are partitioned a space within the flows of traffic according to the rhythms of traffic. The unknown future could be in the next second when some semi-trailer t-bones you and your family. Enter the SUV: occupies a lot of space, and therefore a particular duration in the rhtyhms of traffic by territorialising the future with probabilities of (in)security so that it is un-unknown. 
 
Perhaps when the fear of a buggered environment becomes actualised it will be the only thing to reduce the everyday desire to occupy a duration of time-space in the form of an SUV. Then again the bottom could drop out of the fetish with further 'firestone disasters'...
 
Another example of the commodification of fear is its introduction into the political economy of terrorism not by terrorists but by the Australian Federal Government. The recent 'terrorist awareness' package sent in the mail to every residence (and which a teacher-friend was handed at her school), entitled: "Let's Look Out for Australia: Protecting our way of life from a possible terrorist threat"
 
Again it is the threat of a possible danger (terrorist threat) and by territorialising the unknown future to make it known this generates an (in)security. Also it encourages the 'capturing' of as many differences within the fabric of Aussie everyday life to generate an 'our way of life' . 'Fear' is the indirect technology utilised to generate docility. The most sinister (and useless) information in the booklet is the below:

We can all play a part

Be alert, but not alarmed

There are things we can all do to help protect our way of life.

Keep yourself informed The Commonwealth Government will use television, radio, newspapers and the internet to provide critical information and advice on protecting our nation against terrorism. It is important that you try to keep up to date with the news.

Keep an eye out for anything suspicious

Some of the best people to spot things that are out of the ordinary in a neighbourhood or workplace are those who are there every day. As we all go about our daily lives, we should keep an eye out for things that may be unusual or suspicious.

Be alert, but not alarmed.

Whether or not something is suspicious can depend on the circumstances. Look at the situation as a whole.

-------

Here are some further excepts:

Is Australia a potential terrorist target?

  • Every country, including Australia, is a potential terrorist target.
  • Like many countries around the world, Australia has been on heightened security alert since 11 September 2001.
  • In November 2002, the Commonwealth Government received, and made public, information of a possible terrorist attack within Australia.
  • Security and intelligence agencies constantly monitor all available information. If the Commonwealth Government learns of a further threat against Australia you will be advised through the news media.

How long will Australia be on heightened security alert?

  • It is likely that we will be living with increased security for the foreseeable future.
  • Terrorism has changed the world and security may never return to the relaxed levels most of us grew up with.

What if my children become concerned or anxious about terrorism?

  • Talk with your children about what is happening and what is being done to protect them. Encourage them to say how they feel.
  • Be honest about things being discussed in the media and in your community.
  • If anyone in your family becomes anxious to a point where it starts interfering with daily life, consult a health professional.

------------

I don't think too many people would be feeling much more secure after reading that...

The entire document is found at this URL:

http://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/www/rwpattach.nsf/viewasattachmentPersonal/7125CDBBB8CFFD83CA256CC1007C8A1D/$file/letslookout.htm

Glen.



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