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January 31st, 2007 (04:45 pm)

This whole "bomb scare" thing is just unbelievable. And it's really emphasizing just how wide the technology gap between the generations is right now. All of these newscasters and newswriters are apparently completely not-savvy with the Internet; on boston.com, the news stories still don't know why these Errs were posted or by whom, while all the people on the message boards know exactly what's going on. People who know how to use the Internet know that this is a ten-city ad campaign, and they know who put the signs up and under whose aegis; people reporting the news know that "college kids" were involved. Below is transcribed a conversation λ and I were having as we watched the news:

BOB THE NEWSCASTER: Lauren, do you have any idea how they might go about tracking down who posted these things around the city?
LAUREN THE NEWSCASTER: Well, Bob, we have just received information that this hoax may be connected with some sort of a website. We have a visual of this website -
VISUAL: ::is a posting on Flickr::
λ: Dude, that's Flickr.
LAUREN: But we are not sure at this time who is responsible for this website -
KYLIE: It's FLICKR!
LAUREN: - or who posted this photo there.
λ: It's Jackpot321. It says it. Right there.
BOB: And, Lauren, do you have any idea how they might find out who posted this photo?
λ: Call in a tech expert. Track down the IP address.
LAUREN: Well, Bob, these people are experts. I'm sure they'll interview people, attempting to find out whether anyone saw anyone posting these photos -
KYLIE: OMGIPADDRESS.
LAUREN: - or whether anyone knows anything about who may have posted these photographs. After all, ::smug tone:: when college students are involved, it's fairly certain that someone will talk.
KYLIE: ...what?
BOB: Breaking news, Lauren - I've just heard that it has been confirmed that this is indeed a marketing stunt. Turner Broadcasting Companies, CNN's parent company, has released a statement that this is indeed a series of advertisements for the show AquaTeen Hunger Force... ::Bob reads things we already know::
λ Wai wai wait. This is CNN's parent company?
KYLIE: And CNN has been running news stories about how they don't know what these things are since eight this morning?!
KYLIE AND λ: ::stare at television in silent awe::

Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

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Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)

I know, right?

Posted by: rainswolf (rainswolf)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)



Uh... seriously? It's a publicity stunt for a movie? What?

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)

It was never meant to be a bomb scare at all. It was just that some asshole - well, actually, no; someone who passed one of the "bombs" on a train during the day phoned it in as suspicious, because it wasn't lit up and they couldn't see exactly what it was, going that fast. So I don't blame them. I DO blame the police, and the local government, and the state government, and the *federal* government, and the *FBI*, and the *Department of Fucking Homeland Security*, for looking at this thing close up and examining it from every angle and attempting to blow it up and doing all of this for *nine hours* without ever figuring out what was up. These were just ads, and now the poor sap who put them up is going to get five years in federal prison because the police were too dumb to know that a cartoon character Lite Brite is not a bomb.

Posted by: rainswolf (rainswolf)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)

Posted by: tasha (tashabear)
Posted at: February 1st, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: February 1st, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)

Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: February 1st, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)

Posted by: Brennan M. O'Keefe (harmfulguy)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)

See, this is why my only television news comes from Comedy Central. At least they're intelligent enough to know they're lying.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)

I'm sure Comedy Central would have been all over this. I am positive the rigors of Internet search would not have posed a problem for them.

Posted by: Rebecca (theniwokesoftly)
Posted at: February 1st, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)

Posted by: Rebecca (theniwokesoftly)
Posted at: February 1st, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)

Posted by: Electric Landlady (electricland)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
balderdash talisker

Your posts on this are cracking me up.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)

λ and I have basically been laughing hysterically at the idiots on the teevee for the last two hours.

Posted by: Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
LOOK I AM PREDICTING THE FUTURE
it's magic

Cartoon Network spokesman: There is certainly no need to sue or fine anyone. This was an innocent mistake based on a humorous ad campaign and it simply did not occur to our marketing department that anyone would freak out in post-9/11 America at the discovery of simultaneously activated battery-powered electronic devices strapped to the underside of bridges, because they are all morons.

Right-wing columnist: This so-called 'misunderstanding' simply illustrates how completely ineffectual our security measures are and how easy it would be for any IslamoNazi to blow up the whole eastern seaboard if he wanted to. The only way to protect ourselves is to send all the darkies to Guantanamo at once.

Government spokesperson: While this may have appeared to be a harmless prank and/or marketing campaign, it was not funny and in very poor taste. Ted Turner's people are very rich, so we're not going to arrest anyone, but we'd like any future marketing campaigns like this to be seriously reconsidered by their corporate sponsors. But, of course, it'll be up to you, because we don't believe in regulating the free market.

News anchor: In an attempt to cover up the profound embarrasment we caused by reporting this story in such an incredibly stupid, fatuous way, we are going to move right on to some other peripheral issue in hopes that you quickly forget what total jackasses we made of ourselves. Thanks, and stay tuned for 45 minutes of weather!

Mr. President Man: Just because this terror threat, like every other terror threat since 2001, turned out to be bogus, that doesn't mean we shouldn't be in Iraq. We take all these incidents seriously, like that Mexican dirty bomb guy. We're not letting him out. Not even to see this Aqua Force Teenage Hanger movie.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Re: LOOK I AM PREDICTING THE FUTURE

I will tick off your predictions as they come to pass. I don't doubt that they will.

(Ooh! Your news anchor prediction! The news just started talking about some girl that disappeared. I bet they never look back.)

Posted by: electric misfit love machine (eyelid)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
further prediction

Posted by: sliding_letters (sliding_letters)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Re: LOOK I AM PREDICTING THE FUTURE

Posted by: ems (ems)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)

HAHAHAH. May I metaquote this?

Posted by: halfacricket (halfacricket)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)

Kylie's occupied with the doings of a small blue hedgehog at the moment, but asked me to convey that you're welcome to metaquote.

Posted by: ems (ems)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)

Posted by: electric misfit love machine (eyelid)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force are clearly terrorists. No meatballs will be allowed into the country from now on.

Posted by: agent 99 (mouseydork)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)

That's just too ridiculous to even be real. How does something like that even happen?

Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: January 31st, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)

"In other news, the terror alert level has been raised to...uhh...what's the number after three?"
"The alert goes by colors."
"Oh, right, right. What's the color after three?"
"..."
"Anyway, people are scared, but it's all okay, don't worry about it, the plot has been foiled..."
"It wasn't a plot."
"The hoax has been foiled..."
"It wasn't a hoax."
"Well, what was it then?"
"A stupid misunderstanding."
"Oh. Right. Stupid people thought they could pull one over on us. Got it. We sure foiled them, though, didn't we?"
"...Yeah, we really sent those light-up cartoons running with their tails between their legs. Moving on..."

Posted by: Eowyn of Rohan (astridsdream)
Posted at: February 1st, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
Fantasia + Sir Mix-A-Lot

Ahhhhhhhahahahahahahahah *falls over* hahahahahaahah! "What's the color after three?" *giggles insanely*

Posted by: Popcorn the Bearcat (agatha_mandrake)
Posted at: February 1st, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
wtf

Wow, this is possibly the dumbest thing I've ever heard *runs off to turn on CNN*

Posted by: Popcorn the Bearcat (agatha_mandrake)
Posted at: February 1st, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
killer snowmen

Damn, it's Larry King Live and he's talking about global warming with Bill Nye the Science Guy (honestly? Bill Nye).

Posted by: David (nufin_left2lose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)

I have a theory.

After the breakup of Monty Python, the retirement of other various comedians and comedy troupes, the death of John Belushi, and the dropping of classic cartoons from public television, the AMercian people subconsciously made a corporate decision to elect jackasses and incompetants into office, and into key public roles, for the amusement of the masses.

Posted by: robingal1 (robingal1)
Posted at: February 1st, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
Internet love

Came here from meta_quotes.
I loved your take and your dialog.
Would you mind if I friend you?

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: February 1st, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)

No problem. ::friends back::

Posted by: robingal1 (robingal1)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Maggie (cougar_ghi)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)

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THIRTY COMMENTS?????????????????????????? THAT'S SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: sliding_letters (sliding_letters)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
more generally

Considering the rate of technology change, let's try not to be like the grandparents. Or failing that, let's try to come to terms with ourselves, as the grandparents, and ask our kids about EVERYTHING.

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