SMS replacing sirens?
In Norway the air raid sirens are tested at exactly 12 noon every year or so. They haven’t been needed since WW2, but the tests ensure that new generations are reminded that peace is not a given. Now the authorities are considering using SMS messages to warn the population of invasion or attacks using chemical, nuclear or biological weapons. The image has stuck with me since I read about it in Aftenposten yesterday: just imagine everyone’s mobile phones beeping at once, everyone reaching into their pockets, everyone reading the same message at the same time. And then what? Panic? A calm orderly procession towards the old airraid shelters dug in cellars and mountains, long since turned into rock clubs?