Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Is it Safe?




It's not always clear. The formidable (she has schooled me) Ariella P. of the enihsnusymerasouy blog pictured in the center photo. Posted recently on the Kyklops blog was a video questioning whether the United States has become safer as a result of airport security. Here is a lovely memory of safety on Bloggertropolis.

More related ranting later today.

19 comments:

Asja said...

I always wonder where concern for safety ends and paranoia starts :)

ger said...

Safe doesn´t seem to be safe enough nowadays... - + cross-eyed dogs don´t bite...? A. looks like a very nice person - cool how the colour of her bag fits in (or is it a safety belt...?)

kathrin said...

safety first ;-)
Kathrin

mouse (aka kimy) said...

safety always over fear!

Fresca said...

When I went to Italy for the first time as a young thing, I was surprised at the lack of warning signs.
I didn't know societies existed without them!

Maybe the Italians have put them up since, but I loved the unspoken assumption that if you climbed around ruins and broke your ankle, that was your affair.

Still, I do like some handrails at steep places.

ArtSparker said...

Mouse - the problem is, the more fear we have, the more "safety" measures we take. Something is not working right now in this society.

Cláudia said...

Fresca: When I went to England for the first time (the first time also I left Brazil), as a grown-up, I was surprised at what appeared to me an excess of warning signs. Having been used to the complete lack of it in my country - and consequently used to be my own judge when it came to measuring risks and safety, I felt almost insulted with some obvious warnings. I even thought maybe English people were more distracted than other people in the world... It took me sometime to understand how things worked in the first world.
It's good to know someone is taking care of your safety, as long as it does not become a pathos.

Steve said...

It's a toughie. We all want to be safe but nobody wants a nanny state. Personal responsibility is surely the key - but a lot of people need to be taught it.

Joei Rhode Island said...

I agree with Steve....Personal Responsibility is surely key...But I believe many people have left that behind and would rather have someone else held responsible.
'Tis a sad state of affairs.

Eva said...

Safety is a fiction.
This rock was regularly checked by experts. It fell on a 150 year old house and killed two inhabitants.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/slideshow/ALeqM5iSD7Exdg8ZG9I6oYXdQ_gU2VXBuQ?index=0

ArtSparker said...

Eva - or maybe an almost religion, with an appearance of rationality.

Dominic Rivron said...

That sign by the sea looks just the right height to trip over!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Ask Marathon man.

Don said...

Most fears and security are 'over-the-top'. This is for people who usually have no common sense. As we know, common sense is not that common. Sigh. That is why I am a OH&S officer. Double sigh.

ArtSparker said...

TFE - heh, busted.

ArtSparker said...

Don - I had to look that up, heh, Sydney is at the top for the search. Interesting combo with the steam punk thing.

Eva said...

I'm afraid, my comment was a little frightening. I think we should live happily in spite of dangers. "The fearful die twice", someone said.

The Sowjets knew that people can be ruled most comfortably if they are kept in fear. Some clever people use this knowledge even today.

ArtSparker said...

Eva - I don't find your comment frightening. The making things safe thing is compensation for our own terror. We are looking in the wrong direction.

Jasmine said...

Cool pictures. Your friend looks like a lot of fun.