Vol. 36, Issue 4 - August 2003

Decon2 (Decon squared):
Deconstructing Decontamination

Steve Mann

pp. 285 - 290

Decon is short for decontamination (e.g. stripdown and washdown in response to anthrax scares, etc.), but the term decon is also a short form for deconstruction (literary criticism asserting multiple conflicting interpretations of philosophical, political or social implications rather than an authors intention). The author describes an anthraxready mailroom exhibit that included mass casualty decontamination showers, which he built in the summer of 2001, based on a patent he filed in April 2000, to deconstruct the coming war on terrorism and the suspension of civil liberties and personal privacy that might follow in the wake of bioterror attacks.