Headline silliness - Journal of Omnifarious
May. 10th, 2007
06:58 am - Headline silliness
I saw this article being put up on a website about meth addiction. Meth addiction is, admittedly, a pretty serious problem, but the headline had me in cynical stitches. It read "Meth, the Terrorist Next Door". It was like a straight dominant culture version of the lurid title of a pulp novel.
How many inappropriate contexts can the word "terrorist" be shoved into? One is tempted to come up with a list...
- Spiders, Terrorists of Arachnophobes
- Thumpy Cars, Auditory Terrorists
- Terrorizing Movie Theaters Everywhere by Sticking Gum Under the Seat Handles
- Yippy Dogs, the Terrorist Next Door
The list goes on. The word "terrorist" is such a useful, all-purpose word. We should all use it so often, for so many things that really it doesn't mean anything anymore. Kind of like replacing most verbs with "get".