So I send this message to Sean about the whole mooninite brouhaha and boom- it ends up on boingboing.
I blogged for like 3 years and nothing. I stop for a year and this happens.
The whole ATHF thing is hilarious to me. I don’t have a problem with what’s called “mainstream media.” On the contrary- I work for a media outlet. So it’s not like I’m all “grab the torches and pitchforks and lets tear down the establishment- BLOGGERS UNITE!”
I just see all these folks trying to report on something they don’t understand- when weeks ago I read individuals who saw the objects, immediately identified them and started posting the pictures on their blogs (without alerting homeland security).
This information was available via a google search or two, and yet the media and some assorted aging round white guys in boston all began shaking their fists labeling it a terrorist hoax.
Terrorist what? Oh wait- so you guys have so much information about it and have it so figured out that you know for SURE what it was meant for? Wow. You guys are good. Even after people have identified it as a campaign to raise awareness for an animated TV show, you stick to believing these guys were bent on terrifying the townsfolk. No, see- that’s what the terror alert thermometer and fox news are for.
I’d love to see the whitehouse memo that reported Al Queda was planning on using cartoon icons against us.
Why is it that when we don’t understand something we go straight for overreaction rather than further inspection? And we label it something like terrorism.
Now, these are officials tasked with protecting the population- I can see them considering whether these are dangerous. But labeling the items and the people who made them as intended faux-terrorism? Shutting down the city? Shit, it’s New England- while you’re at it why not go all the way and burn them and the witchcraft they brought into your city?
The campaign ran in 10 cities.
Boston saw them as “components consistent with improvised explosive devices.”
Seattle saw them as “obviously not suspicious.”
And the talking (air)heads who look so completely out of their element attempting to report on all of this- wow. wow. It’s like life just skipped past the real world and went straight to satire. Watching the news cover it is like watching a SNL skit.
I love the way the two guys reacted- it’s EXACTLY what was called for.
Anyway, I Just saw a lot of misinformed people totally missing the point, so I laughed. I’m on an island far away from all of this- I don’t even hear it on NPR until the next day.
I’d write some more but I need to buy some duct tape and bottled water to put in the Mooninite Protection Kits ™ i’m posting on ebay later.