Today marks the momentous occasion of the Department of Homeland Security taking over TVs in Marriotts, Hiltons, Sheratons, Holiday Inns and other hotels all over the USA. Yes, our uberalles DHS is now running 15 second messages on the home-screen of Hotel TVs urging travelers to report that guy in the hotel bar or a particularly suspicious maid. “Maybe you see something suspicious. Can you be sure? If you see something, say something to authorities.”(excerpt)
Naturally, one thinks of the telescreens, broadcasting Big Brother’s ever-present message in “1984.” Soon enough we’ll not only get our 15 seconds urging us to report our friends, family and neighbors for thought violations, but also the Daily Hate. Iran seems to be edging up the list! Or maybe China, which just sold missiles to Iran? It’s a race to be the Hate, folks! How exciting!
Who is to blame for this, you may ask? It’s the American Hotel & Lodging Association, which connected DHS with LodgeNet, the industry’s largest TV-content provider. So if you want to give them a piece of your mind, please get in touch here.
USA Today story on the DHS’s intrusion into hotel rooms.