On Wed. Nov 9th at 2PM EST, the US Gov will interrupt all communications devices for 3 1/2 minutes. What would Eric Arthur Blair say?

On Wed. Nov 9th at 2PM EST, the US Gov will interrupt all communications devices for 3 1/2 minutes. What would Eric Arthur Blair say?

For the first time, new technology will allow a government to take control of all TV, radio, satellite systems, cable TV and mobile phones … simultaneously. The system test will cover the entire United States. The US Government test will temporarily interrupt all programing or services, but will not cut power off.

The test is for the Emergency Alert System (EAS) which replaced the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) in 1994.

Eric Arthur Blair probably won’t have too much to say … he’s dead. But many of you will know who he was and what concerned him. If you don’t, it’s worth looking him up.

Discussion Question: What do you think of this use of technology?