Tony Blair and the culture of fear: a video essay

Last week, we looked at the Iraq War Inquiry and the way in which Tony Blair was motivated more by fear than by rational thought.  This video essay takes up that same argument.

This is a worthwhile watch as it demonstrates the way in which individuals can use the tools of new media to create and distribute their own political rhetorics. Commendably professional construction with only a couple of minor lapses. Grade: 9/10.

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How much for those fizzling underpants?

We’ve had a number of looks at airline security in the wake of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s miserably unsuccessful attempt to blow up Flight 253 on Christmas Day. But how unsuccessful was he after all?

We’ve seen how press hysteria, nobly pushed by Continue reading

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”

Now that we have plunged back the swamp of fear, propelled by the fizzling underpants bomber, let’s take a quick rewind to Franklin. D. Roosevelt’s inaugural Continue reading

The Complete Guide to the Future

In a previous post, Apocalypse Not, we took a look at the human tendency, throughout history, to believe that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are going to be riding into town at any moment.

This tendency is also often exploited, with any number of Continue reading