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Friday, February 02, 2007

Friday Fun: Mooninites Terrorize Boston

Nothing like a little (or a LOT) of media silliness surrounding a hilarious couple of pixelated cartoon characters to (literally) brighten one's day.

Media coverage of this event has been incredibly interesting to watch, ranging from ridiculous outrage to incredible humor.

If you don't watch US news like a hawk, and the title of this post hasn't given anything away, allow me to summarize: Mooninite light-boards that were deployed across Boston as a guerrilla advertising effort for the ridiculous cartoon phenomenon Aqua Teen Hunger Force caused large portions of the city to be shut down out of fear that said light boards were lethal terror devices of some kind. Even though these little glowing bundles of joy have apparently also been deployed in many other major cities in the US, the vigilant people of Boston seem to be the only people who've freaked out.

Let me say that again. The presence of glowing Mooninites caused Boston to suspect a terrorist plot and to have parts of the city shut down.

Scary implications of current anti-terrorism practice and mindset in the US on nifty stuff like technology-enabled guerrilla art movements aside, this incident is simply hilarious. Not only was the digg thread on the story beefy enough to be featured on this week's episode of Diggnation, the Mooninite invasion (and the arrests of the freelance artists who made it happen) has caught significant mainstream media attention. There was even a segment devoted to this story on an NBC Nightly News broadcast.

For more fun reading, security guru Bruce Schneier has some illuminating quotes about this issue that he says is "almost too funny to write about seriously." There are some photos of the beasties as well.

Who's taking bets on how long it'll be before some of these light-boards end up on ebay?


  • idiotic paranoia

    By Blogger Tisha!, at 9:06 AM  

  • we need more of these!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:16 PM  

  • Some had shown up on ebay by Wednesday night, though I don't know if they were the actual "devices" from Boston, or just ones people made at home for a quick buck. Either way, this has been the most amusing event of the year so far!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:25 PM  

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