Danger signs

Posted on: March 11, 2010

Does it bother anyone else that the radioactive symbol is used as the icon on your computer to signify burning cds and dvds?  Shouldn’t that symbol only stand for Danger! ?

Warning Radioactive Material!  Beware! Don’t tamper with anything here! Get the hell out! Danger! Danger! Danger!

Radioactivity is a really really bad thing to come across.  So how come software producers are allowed to co-opt this symbol?  And turn it into something so familiar and so commonplace that it no longer retains any sense of danger, nor indicates any need to take safety precautions.  ‘Oh look, there are radioactivity symbols on this barrel, it must be burn cds somehow.  Let’s take it home and open it up’

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