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.

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