Thursday, February 01, 2007

Meatwad gets the money see

Expect Ugly Betty, NBC comedies, Grey's Anatomy, Smallville, The O.C. and ER recaps sometime in the early morning or tomorrow.

In the meantime, because I know my parents have been asking, "What's an Aqua Teen Hunger Force?" here's the best possible explanation of the growing Internet generation gap.

Mom? Dad? THIS is an Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Here's a great collection of Mooninite invasion links. And AlterNet compares it to the Orson Welles War of the Worlds broadcast. And, of course, you can buy a T-shirt already.

This whole thing may be the funniest news story I've seen in a long time, from the fact that these were out there for weeks, to the traffic jams, to the befuddled Associated Press trying to explain a little-known cartoon about fast food products who solve crimes, to the bizarre Perfect Hair Forever news conference. It's rare to find a news story where EVERYone's ridiculous (aside from the early responders, who treated it with the seriousness it should have afforded -- from there on out, once it was clear it wasn't a bomb, everything seems to have fallen apart), so this is great fun. The icing on the cake was that no one noticed these in Los Angeles. Maybe we're just assuming Jack Bauer will save us from the Mooninites. Or maybe we're SO HIP that we've become completely inured to viral marketing. We're BAD twentysomethings.

The Internets move faster than just about any institution or individual out there. And every day, that becomes more and more clear.

ETA: Denis McGrath compares the suspects to Jonathan Swift. I admire what they're trying to do by refusing to play along with the media that overinflated this story (and even find it a touch heroic), but. . .they just weren't that funny?

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