2.02.2007

the british are coming

For those readers interested in the whole Boston LED "terror" story involving LEDs, D batteries, a shamefaced police department and traditional media outlets who adore confusion and ignorance, here is a decent analogy from Joe Keohane of the Weekly Dig:

Next, let’s all get out our dictionary and look up “hoax”, shall we? Because while “War of the Worlds” was a hoax, this was not. There was no subterfuge involved, and no effort made to convince people that these devices were bombs. If I see a scary looking tree out my bedroom window, think it’s a monster, and then discover upon closer inspection that it isn’t, it doesn’t mean the tree has perpetrated a hoax against me. What it means is that for a moment I took leave of my senses. And just because I’m embarrassed about it doesn’t give me the right to go cut down the tree.

3 comments:

Margaret said...

Hi Mike. That analogy isn't actually from me; I just pointed BoingBoing to the post. The words belong to Joe Keohane of the Weekly Dig.

Mike Young said...

Oh, thanks for the clarification. I will fix it. =)

Logan Ryan Smith said...

that is a very timely quote. and i loved how in each report i saw on the news of that whole thing, each reporter said, "it's interesting to note that this promotional tactic took place in 9 other american cities, without incident."