A Broken Heart For Every Light Pulled Down In Boston

Thursday, February 1st, 2007 @ 6:24 pm | Uncategorized

Since I’m not in Boston, I don’t have any first hand experience with how the Mooninite invasion was handled in Boston. From what I’ve read, though, I have no issues with the way the city handled the event and think that the mayor, governor, and everybody else involved are justifiably pissed at Turner.

I was thinking about writing something more, but then I saw Andy Ihnatko’s take and decided to just quote-and-link:

Doug, I’m just asking that you take a moment to imagine a world in which somebody might have looked at this and not immediately thought “An electronic advertisement for Aqua Teen Hunger Force; specifically, an image of ‘Ignignokt,’ one of its misguided Mooninite characters. How artfully sardonic!”

An alternative reaction might have been — and I’m not insisting that this is the only credible one, mind you, merely tabling it as a possibility — “A weird, handmade device crudely fastened to a bridge support; should I maybe phone somebody about this?”

And once “weird handmade device crudely fastened to a bridge support” makes it to a police switchboard, there’s a predictable chain of events.

Thank you, Andy.

2 Responses to “A Broken Heart For Every Light Pulled Down In Boston”

  1. Nat Irons Says:

    What’s your position on the nine other cities that had Lite-Brite invaders but didn’t call in the troops? If Boston did the right thing with its unplanned terrorism drill, doesn’t that mean Portland was unacceptably lax?

    Assuming there’s no reasonable way to praise both cities’ reactions, are you sure you want to be commending Tom Menino for arriving at the wrong conclusion. in what proved to be the total absence of a threat? He acted in good faith, but his refusal to back down an inch once he knew there was never any danger scares the crap out of me. Prosecutors are still referring to the widgets as “hoax devices”.

    This is a big country, and the so-called war on terror will be with us for a while. I’m more worried about the Americans who see false positives as cost-free than I am about the exceedingly rare individuals who’d like to blow something up.

  2. Eric Says:

    From what I read, the first Mooninite was reported by a city employee on an overpass near Route 93. This was one of the second batch of Mooninites placed. Assuming that the first batch of Mooninites were also place on similar infrastructure, then I think Boston was lax in not having somebody notice the devices within the first three weeks.

    Along those same lines, if the Mooninites were placed on infrastructure location in the other cities and not noticed by municipal employees responsible for the upkeep of those locations, then yes, I think the other cities were lax.

    That said, I’m typically not a Menino fan and everything that’s come about in the aftermath is clearly posturing. He seems to have the same tendency as some other politicians to latch onto a topic and beat the damn thing to death. The city’s gotten its concession out of Turner and for the people involved to move on.