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Fear Factor

Homeland Security is launching a new TV ad campaign that features children prodding their parents to develop an emergency plan of action in case there is a terrorist attack. I do not like this because it fuels unnecessary anxiety among both adults and children. Why encourage the population to live in fear of something completely unpredictable and beyond their control? If there is a terrorist attack, I doubt my survival will depend on having planned an escape route and having duct tape and water in my basement. It will be either because the attack did not affect my area, or because I am lucky.

I also find it ironic that the government is trying to avoid scaring children by running these ads during adult-oriented programming, at times when children are not likely to be watching. At this time when the government is hyper-concerned about policing media content to protect children from inappropriate material, why would they simultaneously be broadcasting commercials that they feel are not suitable for children to see?

Posted by Joe Territo at November 23, 2004 4:06 PM