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Internet bomb horror!

[Herald Sun headline]Well well well, so another bunch of teenagers made pipe bombs and blew themselves up. And of course they got their instructions… all together now… Off the Internet!

Even now I can see the tabloid editors foaming at the mouth for headlines. "Kids download bombs"… "Deadly Internet"… "Web bomb"!

Oh goodness, what a surprise. The last one was real.

Yep, once again, let’s blame the Internet. All it’s got on it are bomb instructions and pornography, after all. People will be asking once again: Why is this stuff allowed to be on the Internet.

Perhaps a more important question to ask is: shouldn’t these guys have known better? How many times have people been blown up by pipe bombs from instructions on the Internet, anyway? How stupid do you have to be to try it yourself? The headline above also said "Teen tragedy linked to Internet". Why not put instead "Teen tragedy linked to stupidity"? 

And how did they get to the stage of actually having made bombs without anybody noticing?! Hmmm.. perhaps they just didn’t tell anybody. It’s not as if the family conversation went like this:

"So, what are you kids up to tomorrow?"

"Well we thought we might go out to the shed and make some pipe bombs."

"Ah, very good. Let me know if you need a lift down to the shop to get gunpowder."

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.