Jun 21, 2007

Anti-advertising group fakes nuclear blast


Cloud A few months back, Ask.com pretended to hack into British airwaves as part of its much-debated Information Revolution campaign. At the time, I wondered: “What? Who hacks TV signals? Other than that guy who busted into HBO’s airing of The Falcon and the Snowman?” Well, apparently it happens. This week, a counterculture art group called Ztohoven hacked a live Czech public television broadcast. The result made it look like a nuclear bomb had exploded in Bohemia’s scenic Krkonose Mountains. (Watch the video here.) The group’s previous targets have included advertisements, which one member said “abuse our innermost desires, ideas and feelings in order to sell goods.”

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