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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 -
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 -
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.


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)

Uh, did they have words on them that should make them obvious they're ads?

Because if they're really just supposed to be ads then I really feel sorry for whoever put them up.

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

Not according to the pictures they showed on the local news, complete with fuzzed out middle finger. They did seem to be confused as to how they got put up on buildings 20 feet above the pavement, despite noting that they are magnetic. Apparently "a long freakin' stick" is too complex a concept.

(Here from metaquotes.)

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

That fuzzed-out middle finger was one of the funniest things in a news story that consisted of a very long string of funny things.

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

...It totally should be the "Department of Fucking Homeland Security." Because homeland security is totally screwed.

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