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69 Responses to “The title of my book . . .”
Helmut O' Hooligan |
July 13th, 2012 at 4:34 pm
Since others are offering alternative titles, how about this one:
“Because We’re the Police and You Aren’t: Entitlement,
Paranoia and Militarism in American Law Enforcement”
But I think your title is fine. Thanks for the hard work and I look forward to reading your book.
Would love to speak freely about this exact topic one day to you Radley.
I have been in the police game for 20 plus years, after a tour of duty as a Marine infantryman.
Gots lots of thoughts on this subject.
Christopher Swing |
July 13th, 2012 at 6:15 pm
Robocop? pfft. Too nice.
I think we all know the US is aiming to make the parody/satire that is Judge Dredd normalized reality.
OTOH, To the best of my memory Dredd usually only referred to people as “creep!” or “citizen,” being smart enough to realize “civilian” would be wrong. So at least that character realized he was a street judge, not an occupying soldier.
The value-free ring of that title, though hardly red meat for our crowd, is actually an important virtue. The book needs to be read. If he called it “No-Knock This, Asshole!” and put a picture of a dead dog on the cover, it might be awhile before his opus started showing up on college reading lists.
Besides, the title he went with has some amusing potential as a false flag. Some people will up buying it as a birthday gift for the cop in the family. Maybe some chief who only reads the title will embarrass himself by assigning it in his police academy. Now that would be a nice story to read on morning links.
When the book comes out, try to use your Huffington Post connection to get on the Daily Show. Stewart has authors on constantly (at least 1 or 2 a week), and your sales will fucking skyrocket if you get on the show. And Stewart is actually a pretty damned fair guy for someone who admittedly is primarily on one side politically. And his mostly left audience is a good audience for the subject matter.
When the video game version comes out, make sure there are extra points for beating handcuffed suspects while shouting “Stop Resisting!”, and extra ammo for shooting puppies and chimps. This could be bigger than Modern Warfare.
That is a great title. It is expressive of the content and relativity neutral in tone, indicating that the subject will get a fair review. Hopefully the artwork will carry the same message. The topic is important and needs both a fair review and access to a broad audience.
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