Thursday, February 01, 2007

Commentary: News of the Weird

Excuse me for cutting to the chase already, but there are some things I need to get off my chest...


For those who watch [adult swim] on Cartoon Network, you'll understand the title. The blip on the Time Warner juggernaut is getting publicity... albeit bad publicity. A publicity stunt promoting one of my favorite shows, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, went haywire. Seems someone at TW came up with the idea of using blinking electronic devices plugging the show. The idea was to place the devices at various points across the United States in ten random cities. Of those ten cities, Boston didn't think it was cute. In fact, it sent Beantown in a panic... especially since some of those devices were put on bridges. (Huh?!) Two people were arrested, TW apologized, but Boston is planning on going after TW.

And I don't blame them.

Look, you wanna plug a show, fine. More power to you. But to plant electronic devices at random areas? In a post-9/11 world?! Obviously, two words came to mind when they saw those devices: "Bin. Laden." TW called it a publicity stunt. Boston took it as a hoax. I'm with Boston on this, and TW should have known goddamn better. Suffice it to say, ATHF will be joining South Park on my "Shows I'm No Longer Watching" list. And if they don't get their shit together, I'm cutting [adult swim] out altogether.

The Man Sticks It Right Back

I read a disturbing article in Scene ( this week, and it's one more for The Establishment: The Man was under pressure for a recount of the 2004 Presidential election. The Man told three of its workers how they wanted their recount handled: pick 3% of the precincts voted, presort ballots according to leading candidates, so that witnesses can get it over with. But, The Man forgot it was illegal. The Man then remembered it was illegal. The Man convinced its ambulance chasers towards the three workers. Now, two of those three women, who did as The Man told them, were found guilty of negligent misconduct, and failure to perform their duties. The women were cleared of rigging the count, though.

Cold comfort.

The Man needed a fall guy, and got three in the process. Why couldn't The Man admit its mistake? "We screwed up, these women were doing what we told them to do." But instead, they got, "These women tried to rig an election because they didn't want a laborious recount." The decision-makers made themselves look like victims, and three of its loyal employees got the shaft as a result.

Our Tax Dollars At Work.

At The Risk of Angering My Niece (and the Harry Potter fanbase)...

(sorry, not big on Potter)

And finally...
I'm looking forward to the Super Bowl this weekend. As soon as they get the football out of the way, we'll get on with the commercials. Like I said last post, screw the game, 'cause the Browns ain't in it.

But that's just me...

Goodnight, gang.

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