LiveJournal B0st0n will no doubt have details of this morning's arraignments in Charlestown. Boston.com reports on the rally outside the court. The second suspect, Sean Stevens, is also a video artist. The guy auctioning off one of the devices says he will donate some of the money to their defense fund.
C.C. Chapman ponders it all:
What bothers me most I think is as I stop and think about it is that I'm not only pissed at the agency who came up with the idea, but I'm also a little disappointed in Boston's Police. If these things have been up for a few weeks how come no one has noticed them until now. Don't we have Homeland Security people with big budgets running around the country protecting us? Thats what I keep hearing anyways. How did they miss this? Makes you wonder where all that money is going doesn't it?
... Sure, it's natural to be suspicious of unusual devices located around a city, but are you telling me that not one bomb squad member at any of the 28 locations was capable of realizing that the device (again, consisting primarily of an illuminated cartoon character) was not a bomb? Apparently, 9 other cities had no problem doing this. ...
W. David Stephenson, a homeland-security consultant, tells people like this: Grow up, twerps!
Perhaps the most clueless reaction cited by The Globe was a 29-year old blogger from Malden, who snarkily commented, "'Repeat after me, authorities. L-E-D. Not I-E-D. Get it?'" Well, no, kid: in Iraq the insurgents disguise IEDs as all sorts of benign devices, and, thanks to the "wizards" at Interference, Inc. (as with my post yesterday, no link to Interference: they don't deserve any more viral marketing on their behalf...), you can bet that now any sleeper cells in the US have tucked this particular one away: what kind of fun thing can we use to disguise a bomb as next time? ...
Here's the deal, kids: you want the iPods and all the cool things associated with 21st-century life, so you've gotta take the baggage of a post 9/11 world as well: grow up. And, to you, Interference, Inc.: drop dead...
More, oh so much more reaction:
Dave Copeland wonders about the blow to Boston's image west of 128 and says the Cartoon Network's apology seemed to have a hidden smirk:
It was as if they were saying "We're sorry that, unlike residents of cooler cities, cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, you folks in Boston just didn't get it."
And while the apology -- white lettering on a black screen -- seems solemn enough, you kind of have to think they're laughing behind the screen. Yes, they'll face fines and legal action, but this is the "as long as they spell your name right" school of public relations in action. Let's face it -- there are a lot more of us who know what a mooninite is this morning than there were at this time yesterday morning.
Ok, does anyone else think that Boston just looks wicked retahhhdid in every news report surrounding the Aqua Teen Hunger Force guerilla ad-campaign gone awry? ...
The marketing effort worked for Jonelle, who admits she doesn't know if Turner or the city of Boston comes off looking more ridiculous:
I will say one thing: I had no idea that there was going to be an Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie. And I'm pumped.
Misanthropica has no doubt who looks more foolish - city and state officials:
Please stop calling yesterday's debacle the result of a "hoax." There was no hoax. There was only a misinterpreted advertising campaign. Your continuous use of the word "hoax" implies that there was an intent on the part of the ad agency or the poor art school grad who placed the signs to cleverly deceive you into thinking that cartoon LED characters were actually bombs. ...