Tuesday, February 6, 2007

You have convinced me that you are bad at what you do.


and journalists, obvs.

The 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force ads freaked some people out' story is not very new anymore. I would consider it 'not new' enough for people, including people in the media, to have figured out what happened.

So why are people still calling it a hoax? In print? err.... in e-print?

A hoax is something that intends to get that kind of reaction or more colorfully, aims to hoodwink. An ad campaign aimed at fans of an uncomfortable 15 minute cartoon trying to get them excited about what will likely be an uncomfortable 50 minute movie, probably wasn't hoping for a $2 million urban lockdown. Therefore, not a hoax.

No one wants to be blowed up whilst jogging, granted. Your knife might end up in your eye or something. Cartoon characters seem unlikely to do that. But the ever vigilant Boston police have convinced everyone that, yes, cartoon characters are equivalent to IEDs.

Fine, I'll bite. These things were a threat and deserved the response they got. Sure, why not?

However, the cartoon bombs were there for 3 to 4 weeks. So if you are to be believed, Boston Police, we could have had our knife jogs interrupted by shrapnel any day in the last month or so, and you are bad at what you do.

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