02-01-2007, 01:31 AM
Apperantly there was a large terrorist scare in Boston yesterday which caused the ports, highways, and many establishments to be closed. What caused it? Viral marketing... Turner Broadcasting, in an attempt to advertise Aqua Teen Hunger Force had a group of employees place small lighted outlines of characters from their show (Moonanite flipping you off) around various areas of the city.
What's the rational way to handle the situation? Of course, lets call the goddamned bombsquad, raise the terror alert level, and put the city on lockdown. Great... that's not an over-reaction at all. And then.. once the truth comes out and the "authorities" are embarassed - what do they do? They want to sue Turner Broadcasting for "wasting" the police & fire department's time, not to mention for the panic that "they" caused. Granted, they should have gotten a permit to put up these devices... but the permit costs more than the fine. So what's wrong with fining them as usual? It's not like these guys erected a faux atomic device, or were shipping packages of white powder. Because the government over-reacted and wasted their own resources - now Turner may have to pay well above and beyond what anyone else who doesn't bother with getting a permit.
Have we Americans really become such pussies since 9/11?
Wait... don't answer that.