Watch Yourself: Why Safer Isn't Always Better

Watch Yourself: Why Safer Isn't Always Better
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ISBN10: 
1554200210
ISBN13: 
9781554200214
Pages: 
192
Published: 
July 15th 2007 by New Star Books
Rating: 
3.0

From warnings on coffee cups to colour-coded terrorist gauges to ubiquitous security cameras, our culture is obsessed with safety.
Some of this is drive by lawyers and insurance, and some by over-zealous public officials, but much is indicative of a cultural conversation that has lost its bearings. The result is not just a neurotically restrictive society, but one which actively undermines individual and community self-reliance. More importantly, we are creating a world of officious administration, management by statistics, absurd regulations, rampaging lawsuits, and hygenically cleansed public spaces. We are trying to render the human and natural worlds predictable and calculated. In doing so, we are trampling common discourse about politics and ethics.
Hern asserts that safer just isn't always better. Throughout "Watch Yourself," he emphasizes the need to rethink our approach to risk, reconsider our fixation with safety, and reassert individual decision-making.

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