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1June 4, 2009State sponsored fear

Posted Jun 04 2009 12:00am
by kilodeltamike

What's in *your* bin?
A recent police-funded counter-terrorism campaign within the United Kingdom has resulted in the appearance of large billboards encouraging members of the public to inform on their neighbours, based on the ‘suspicious’ contents of their dustbin (=trashcan).

As with similar previous campaigns , the appeal to fear made by such billboards has been heavily ridiculed by online commentators as both overly simplistic and having disturbing Orwellian overtones.

By generating a moral panic over out-groups, and so encouraging the view that differences between people should be regarded with suspicion, the campaign is widely regarded as clumsily undermining relationships between the different ethnic and cultural groups making up British society.

The public backlash is such that billboards have been both physically subvertised , as well as virtually parodied . You now even have the opportunity to create your own .

Square-eye ACPO press release

Square-eye £1.99 - smallLouis, W. R. (2009). Terrorism, Identity, and Conflict Management

Square-eye £1.99 - smallGreenberg, J. & Kosloff, S. (2008). Terror Management Theory: Implications for Understanding Prejudice, Stereotyping, Intergroup Conflict, and Political Attitudes

Square-eye £1.99 - small Krueger, J. I. & DiDonato, T. E. (2008). Social Categorization and the Perception of Groups and Group Differences

Square-eye £1.99 - smallHornsey, M. J. (2008). Social Identity Theory and Self-categorization Theory: A Historical Review

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