Boston Police Still Calling Random Light-Up Devices 'Hoax' Bombs

from the it's-not-a-hoax dept

Earlier this year, a Cartoon Network marketing promotion became a huge story in the city of Boston when police assumed that some promotional light-up boxes were actually bombs. Rather than admit that they made a mistake and overreacted, the authorities in Boston continued to accuse the folks behind the promotion of perpetrating a "hoax" on the city. Of course, a hoax is where you try and trick people. None of the folks involved in the promotion were trying to trick anyone into believing the promotional devices were bombs. They were simply promotional. However, Boston still seems to be focused on calling any electronics device they don't understand a hoax device. The latest situation involves an MIT student wearing a sweatshirt that included a homemade electrical component that would light up LEDs on the sweatshirt. It's certainly understandable that security would want to check out the device and understand it. It's even somewhat understandable that they would be quite concerned about a homemade electrical device found in a sweatshirt. Walking into an airport with such a device is asking for trouble. However, to then accuse her of possessing a "hoax device," seems a bit absurd. This wasn't a "hoax" device at all. She wasn't trying to trick anyone.

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    James L. Morse, 24 Sep 2007 @ 11:31am

    The Greater Good

    Sometimes the welfare of an individual must be sacrificed for the greater good of society as a whole. Just as police dogs must be occasionally "rewarded" by being allowed to bite nonresistant suspects (usually ones with "attitude") in order to maintain their motivation, so must must police officers. We simply cannot allow boredom to demotivate our police forces. Thus it is perfectly reasonable for a few individuals to be sacrificed from time to time as training aids. Often times there are other agencies, such as the hazardous-materials teams, that can get in some hands-on training too. And what of personnel like airport counter workers? Surely they could use a little spice in their otherwise thankless jobs.

    But the benefits don't stop there. Like the waves from a stone dropped in water, they continue to radiate outward. Consider the immense benefit the news media derive from such stories. Without stories to cover all those people would loose their jobs and that surely wouldn't be good for society as a whole. And then there are all the hard-working public servants who finally get some richly deserved face time on TV to communicate with the public they so faithfully serve. Many of these people also have children that they're trying to support. If nothing else, at least think of the children.

    Finally, consider the entertainment value that society as a whole derives. The billions of dollars a year we pay Hollywood to entertain us (money well spent I might add) shows how vital entertainment is to society. It's no coincidence that these things are usually played out like Hollywood movies (except we don't have to buy tickets). Ancient societies understood this well before there was any such thing as a mass media and used such contrivances and public executions and human sacrifice in much the same way. How likely is it that the sacrificed individual would ever have contributed as much value to society in any other way? Not likely, I say. As such, they should be grateful for such an opportunity. Like the girl at the airport. An engineering student? What a waste. We don't need to be making engineers, we can buy all those we want from overseas and at lower prices. We need entertainment and this was her opportunity to rise to the need.

    To the naysayers amongst you, I say that your value to society is obviously low. But don't despair, opportunities to better yourselves through self-sacrifice are plentiful and I, for one, would be glad to help you meet such an opportunity. For the greater good, of course.

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