Thursday, January 17, 2008


A bit of backstory on this video...there are two things you should know about before watching this:

1) CES - Consumer Electronics Show, one of the largest tradeshows in the world, which showcases the most up and coming consumer electronics in the world. Large companies such as Sony, Toshiba, Motorola, and thousands of others spend 10's & 100's of thousands of dollars for a modest-sized exhibit both for just a couple days.

2) TV B Gone - A simple, cheap (less than $20) plastic device that has one simple, cheap purpose: to turn off a TV set. Not just a particular TV set but any and all TV sets known to man that has remote control capability. It simply scans through all possible remote codes (which you're well aware of if you've ever programmed a universal remotes) until it finds the right one & then turns off the TV.

So....with that knowledge in place, the video speaks for itself. A couple tricksters from the online gadget website Gizmodo armed themselves with a few TV B Gones and wreaked havoc on the showroom floor. And apparently, a lot of people are now pissed off...

Here's the big question I'll pose to you for the comment board: Was this a) a simple, funny geek joke b) a righteous political act of anti-corporate sabotage c) sheer vandalism that should be treated (as many have suggested) like graffiti "tagging". Or maybe a mix of all three? Discuss amongst yourselves...

1 comment:

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