keeping it safe

by uzwi

We “keep you safe”, even when you know what you’re doing.

In return, you must agree, it’s your responsibility to keep everyone else safe. We’ve closed the Shard viewing platform anyway, just in case things aren’t safe enough. That’s just a little managerial precautionary safeness thing in case there’s a threat to safety from what you do.

You got one over on us by climbing the Shard, but if we can be seen to be keeping you safe for your own & others’ good, we’re back in charge again. We’re patronising you. We’re owning your action.

As long as we’re in charge, we’re saying, everyone keeps everyone safe. Safe is safe and safe and safe. We are all so safe now. Teletubby safe, in the pure nice safety of being managed.

“Recognising the right of individuals to express their point of view, we only ask that they do so with their safety …and the safety of others, including Shell personnel and customers in mind.”

First we keep everyone safe; then we rape the fucking Arctic.

Safety in this context is a laughably visible management strategy. It manages the dangerous women protesters–possibly uncontrolled, possibly even without full knowledge of what they’re doing–who have threatened the safety of all of us. It manages the women’s intrusion into the spectacle by framing it, setting it inside the language of the very corporate they’re protesting against.

No more of this. Change, instead.