How funny.. and how sad… Read here. Apparently, yesterday the Boston police went all psycho with terror fears when they found LED covered signs (part of a viral marketing campaign for Aqua Teen Hunger Force) all over Boston. Everyone in the law enforcement community are up in arms. What makes the story perfect to me is all the comments at the bottom. The first 10 or so I read hit the nail on the head:
This, to me, is proof that the terrorists are winning.
-What a paranoid and guilt-ridden country America has become, under the regime of the neocons.
-Have people lost their minds? I know 9/11 CHANGED EVERYTHING, but is it now an act of terrorism to install blinking neon signs throughout a major metropolitan area? Forgive me if I can’t see what people got so freaked out about in the first place.
-Discipline those who mistook these gizmos for a bomb, not the advertisers.., to paraphrase, one thing (there are others) we should continue to fear is our own fears and shamefully zealous prosecutorial mindsets of grandstanding leaders with no sense of humor
-I am sorry but I think the only people who acted irresponsibly were the Boston Police Department. Who in their right mind would mistake these devices with bombs? It’s obviously a cartoon character. There are many other devices in and around bridges and tunnels that are more suspicious than these square light brights. I think this whole incident highlights the absurdity of city officials and police who overreact in situations such as this. Shutting down the Charles River? Even if they were bombs what in gods name would that have done? Sometimes I think officials simply like to show off how many overreactions they can produce just to win political points on their “serious about terrorism” score card. Meanwhile no one can get home from work because we have entrusted our safety to fools. I wouldn’t be surprised if they put up an F-16 or two.
How this situation should have been handled …
“We have a report of a suspicious package can (insert unit) respond?”
“Yes we responded, it’s not a bomb, it’s a cartoon character that lights up and blinks.”
-I’ve never seen a more adorable “bomb” in my life! I understand that the city is upset, but public art and guerilla marketing are a great part of our society. Here’s a great example of, if done right, how well it can work.
And on and on.. And it’s true. Our whole lives have been needlessly turned upside down because of these bogymen the BWH has created. Sure 9/11 happened and sure terrorists can attack us, but let me tell you this, if they are determined enough, there is little we can do to stop them.. The next big attack from terrorists will come in a form that we didn’t expect, it’s illogical to think otherwise. Sorry to tell you the truth.
You know.. I was reading more and I just realized that these were up for over a week before anything happened.. How prepared are the Boston authorities? I mean, if they deemed these things a threat, shouldn’t they have noticed them sooner?
Update : just saw a great post on this same issue here.