I was on the phone to a good friend of mine last year, moaning about my then employment as a 35mm photographic printer at a company who specialise in school photographs. The conversation went something like –
scorz: God it’s endless. Why the fuck do people want a photo of their bloody kids every bloody year anyway!?
friend: Well, actually, it’s recommended that you have your photo taken regularly for id now, in case of suicide bombers.
scorz: Fucking hell, Dave, how paranoid do you NEED to be?!!!
He should know better – he’s an intelligent, aware, creative individual, not a tabloid munching, chat show addicted drone – but his response showed me just how effective the “war on terrorism” propaganda has been. (I resisted the urge to say “That will only work if you’ve still got a face.” He would have got upset.)
Here’s an antidote – but I guess not many people can be bothered to read more than 4 or 500 words these days.