There's been much fuss lately about "bans" of so-called Australian summer traditions, such as the Australian flag at the Big Day Out, and the Mexican Wave at the cricket. By and large the bans haven't worked; people are carrying on the "offending" behaviour to a greater degree than before, apparently out of a sense of defiance.
Do you wonder if it was all planned this way? Maybe those who issued the "bans" were using reverse psychology to get those flags-a-flying and the waves...a-wavin (sorry for that one, I guess I can kiss my chances of a Bloggie goodbye).
Anyway, if it works, I'd like to give this reverse pschology stuff a try. Therefore, here are some things I want banned immediately:
- Schoolchildren giving up their seats for adults on public transport
- Use of deodorant
- Nightclubs and pubs which provide free water
- Orderly queing
- Obedience of traffic signals (double penalties applying at pedestrian crossings)
- Big Brother (okay, maybe BB should in fact be banned. But it provides a huge self-esteem boost; at least thirty minutes a day of people I can feel superior to).
On the other hand, I would in fact make it compulsory for people to listen to (and believe!) right-wing radio talk show hosts.
Got any others?