February 1, 2007

Teh Wah Ohn Terra

Filed under: analog — mhoye @ 10:54 am

There are, you periodically hear, two kids of people – those who, on hearing a gunshot, will run towards it, and those who run away. That’s a false dichotomy, of course, politely glossing over those people who will simply go about their business undisturbed as well as those who will immediately soil themselves and faint.

As many of you might have heard, an advertising campaign for a cartoon resulted in large swaths of Boston getting locked down the other day.

Hindsight being 20/20, what lessons might we learn from this?

That, once you’ve fostered enough paranoia in your community, all it takes to completely paralyze that community is two hundred bucks and a trip to Radio Shack? No, that can’t be right. Possibly that in order to be terrorized, you don’t need any actual terrorists on the scene? All you need is public officials who are totally ready to be terrorized, and overreact accordingly? No way, that can’t be right either.

Oh, wait:

“It is outrageous, in a post-9/11 world, that a company would use this type of marketing scheme,” Mr. Menino said in a statement. “I am prepared to take any and all legal action against Turner Broadcasting and its affiliates for any and all expenses incurred during the response to today’s incidents.”

That must be it.

It’s hard to believe that we’re talking the cradle of the American Revolution, here. Not difficult, mind you; it’s trivially easy to believe. But it hurts to watch.
Could you people please retire the phrase “in a post-9/11 world” now? The only people who ever use it are people who want you to turn off your brains and stay scared.

Update: awesomeness

Update 2: more awesomeness.


  1. The real terrorists must be laughing their asses off. The “fact” that these hoaxes were allegedly in place for a couple of weeks in several cities shows how little vigilance is really in effect.

    Could it be that’s what the fuss is really about in Boston? “We got caught not looking and it turned out not to be dangerous but we were upset anyway, how dare you make us admit that?”

    Comment by janice — February 1, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

  2. I guess becoming a parent has really taken me out of the loop – despite living in the Boston area, I found out about this from your blog posting…

    Comment by Melanie — February 1, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

  3. Speaking of which, kudos to your government for finally issuing Mr. Arar an apology and compensation for the gross abuse of his rights.

    Hell, our country won’t even take him off our no-fly list yet.

    Comment by Jeff — February 1, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

  4. Yeah, I thought that was important.

    Comment by Mike Hoye — February 1, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

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