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Barry Manilow Noise Warfare
secret weapon down under
Time for some
experimental public policy:
A new chapter
in the history of noise warfare is being written in Sydney, Australia.
Just like “These Boots Were Made for Walking” in the
Panamanian Embassy in the 1980s, and the 24/7 bad music blasted
at the Branch Davidian compound in the 1990s, the Sydney local government
has now enacted a policy in which they will blare Barry Manilow
out of loudspeakers in streets and car parks to battle loud music
blasting from cars. Apparently this legislation follows on the heels
of an experiment that employed Bing Crosby to chase teens loitering
in an Australian shopping center.
believe “Manilow is so uncool it might just work.” Whereas
a phenomenon must be really passé when policy-makers label
it “uncool,” they’re not keeping much of an eye
on the inner-workings of consumerism these days. Once something
becomes archaic to an extent that it’s obvious to even politicians,
that means that it’s now ready for another go at youth culture.
Look at the recent emergence of Neil Diamond as a subcultural icon
– something that certainly never happened in his own time.
are askin’ for it. Or maybe the joke’s on me and the
Sydney government is on Manilow’s payroll…
P.S. Bing Crosby’s
always been cool.
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