I was reading a post from a friend about Boston being shut down by a potential terrorist attack today. Totally under my radar. But after randomly watching a Youtube video today, I soon realized that it was actually Turner Broadcasting and their marketing of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force show, one of my favorites. And even better, it was the Mooninites. I think this entire incident shows the hilarity of the way some people think. Even after Turner claimed the strange magnetic lite-brite devices were part of their guerrilla marketing campaign, the siege continued. The video link above has some good insight, but this quote from CNN throws me off the train completely.
Assistant Attorney General John Grossman called the light boards “bomb-like” devices and said that if they had been explosive they could have damaged transportation infrastructure in the city. – cnn.com
Are you kidding me?!? Bomb-like?! Look at that picture!! Sure, if the manholes in the streets were explosive, they could really damage quite a few vehicles in the streets of Boston as well. If the streetlights were explosives, they could cause some major traffic delays. If the trees were … you get the point I’m sure.
At any rate, I think we all need to take a look at the way we react to “terrorist threats”. A visiting prospective student today (who is British, British mind you) even remarked to me on how he was detained at the airport for nearly 3 hours, passport confiscated, no ability to make a phone call and consequently missed his connecting flight and was unable to get in touch with the folks waiting for him at his final destination. Without passport and communication with the outside world (no phone calls mind you), he was essentially without rights.
It’s really incredible how much of those goes on day to day and we, as Americans, simply miss it. Turner, get permits for physical marketing. Boston, get realistic or watch more Comedy Central.