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Spiderman 2 vs Farenheit 9/11

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This week Spiderman 2 trumped Farenheit 9/11 in the box office. Having finally seen both I can officially say that Spiderman sucked and Moore's movie was marvelous. I suggest you go see the latter. Rather than go on and on about it I suggest you read Bill Cope this week. Even if you don't read Bill's column on a regular basis he sums up my feelings about the movie rather eloquently, and I don't always agree with Mr. Cope.

The movie did get me thinking, however. It addresses the playing of the public's emotions regarding terror like a puppeteer pulls the strings. Elevated warnings and threats by the Office of Homeland Security will scare people into believing they need the current administration to protect them. A good example of this is the current discussions regarding plans to postpone or cancel the November presidential elections over fear of a terrorist plot to disrupt them.

In the July 19 issue of Newsweek it was reported that "American counterterrorism officials, citing what they call 'alarming' intelligence about a possible al-Qaeda strike inside the United States this fall." Later in the story it is reported, "The prospect that al-Qaeda might seek to disrupt the U.S. election was a major factor behind last week's terror warning by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge." In the very next sentence it reads, "Ridge and other counterterrorism officials concede they have no intel about any specific plots."

Let me repeat that. "No intel about specific plots." They put it down to increased "chatter." Is it just me who thinks I'm in some giant nationwide version of Scare Tactics and at any moment Shannen Doherty will come out and say, "Were you scared?"

I'm very hung up on titles for staff. I believe they are a shared language across companies with very different interest that clearly define what responsibilties a particular employee may have. That is why this week during inter-office negotiations over lunch, Boise Weekly has changed my title from Editor-in-Chief to Executive Director. Now you know exactly what I do. Whatever that means.