Raindrops glisten against the lit street like 3mm diffused white LEDs on a matte black background. It’s the year 2020 and screens dot the skyline, ads playing on perpetual loop. Bodies walk by in dull gray suits, eyes staring at the screens as they walk. While the screens are on, they see nothing else. And the screens are always on.
A black-clad maker blends into the darkness of a lone unwatched alleyway, fumbling through her pocket for a silver 3×5 anti-static bag filled with components…
Quickly, she takes the soldering iron out of her holster, and huddling in the rain, makes short work of the kit’s simple design. She rises, placing 2xAA batteries (not included) into the provided holder…
…and points the device toward the omnipresent screens. The street goes dark. Images dissipate into the matte black night. And as the Maker runs through the alleyway to find another street, whispers trickle through the crowd.
“She who controls the TV-B-Gone,” they say, “controls the world.”
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