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Monday, February 05, 2007

Cartoon Terrorism Scare: the Difference Between Boston and New York

Turner Broadcasting System agreed to pay a million dollar fine to the city of Boston for a marketing stunt involving cartoon figures which ignited fears in the city of a terrorist bombing campaign.

Electronic icons of cartoon figures put in public places to advertise the Cartoon Network show, "Aqua Teen Hunger Force", set off a scare that led to closings of an interstate highway, subway stations, bridges, and parts of the Charles River.

Meanwhile, the same campaign ran in New York City, where there was not a single call to 911. Turner Broadcasting said that the majority of the icons placed in New York were apparently stolen.

Stephen Burke
for Ithaca Blog

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