terrorism poster remix


The other day, I stumbled across one of those creepy national security posters – coincidentally, it was at a bus stop outside the Maribyrnong Detention Centre, thus uniting two of the abiding images of the Howard years in one horrid flashback. I can’t find a decent size reproduction of the image but you’ll probably know it: lines of dialogue from neighbourhood finks reporting their acquaintances to the terror hotline, all shaped into a map of Australia. ‘It’s not normal for him to have visitors at this hour’ — that kind of thing. Anyway, someone in Britain had a similar reaction to the same sort of campaign there, and has created a website that allows you to recaption the poster appropriately. Hence the image above.

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Jeff Sparrow is the former editor of Overland. He is the co-author (with Jill Sparrow) of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, the editor (with Antony Loewenstein) of Left Turn: Essays for the New Left and the author of Communism: a love story, Killing: Misadventures in violence, and Money Shot: A Journey into Censorship and Porn.  On Twitter, he's @Jeff_Sparrow.

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