This is recorded video of the 1987 “Max Headroom Incident” in Chicago. Two broadcast television shows were interrupted in one night by pirates who overrode signals with footage of someone wearing a Max Headroom mask, spouting hard to comprehend nonsense, then holding up what appears to be a sex toy and bending over to get their derriere punished by a fly swatter.
Here’s news broadcast footage of the reactions to this dastardly act of airwave piracy:
With Wikileaks in the news, the new Banksy movie coming out, and reading up on classic culture jamming incidents like this, I’m constantly reminded that I need to really push my book, Nomad X. It’s extremely relevant to all of this — especially to what is going on with Wikileaks and the rise of far-right movements in the wake of Bush and the neocons. My book is being read by a few publishers and agents, but I am still looking for more. So if you’re interested, and you think you can help me publish it, feel free to contact me and solicit a query, synopsis and manuscript.