Remember being scared of nuclear war?
Until Siimon Reynolds came along when I was 11 years old and scared the living daylights out of everyone with his Grim Reaper AIDS advertisements, the biggest abstract bogey man I remember was nuclear war.
Those Russians, they had the bomb, and they were possibly going to use it. It didn’t help matters that in 1986 Chernobyl fulfilled the nuclear nightmare, conflating two separate issues into one terrifying specter.
It’s probably a good indication of how little I had to worry about being a child in the 80s in rural Australia that I remember “the bomb” being on my mind every now and again.
Now kids get to worry about less abstract horrors, such as terrorism directed at people just like them. That’s worse.
But if you’re Generation X, there’s a fair bet at some stage you considered the On The Beach scenario.
Then Gorbachev came along and tore down the Berlin War. By the time he appeared in the Louis Vuitton ads we’d moved on to fearing al Qaeda, with good reason.
North Korea has been trying to recapture some of the old 80s nuclear war vapours for years but I think today proves they’ve missed the boat.
If you need evidence of just how unafraid we were of this morning’s NK rocket launch, go no further than the NT News Twitter feed.
ANYONE IN NT WITH SOME SPARE FIREWORKS, PLEASE AIM LEFT AND BE READY WITH A LIGHTER. WE MAY NEED TO SHOOT THIS SUCKER DOWN #nthkorearocket
The NT News’s confidence was repaid when Pyongyang’s rocket promptly plunged into the sea.
They’ll probably try again, but for the moment, we can go back to worrying about other things.
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