TV Zombies Kicked Out of CES

I was making the rounds on the opening day of the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday when I encountered a bizarre sight: A group of young people, some dressed in black, but all with white-and-black death-mask makeup and black boxes on their heads bearing the names of TV vendors (JVC, Philips, Vizio, and others), filing silently toward the exit of the show floor.

JVC zombie

As I got closer, snapping the photos you see here, I realized they were being herded by CES personnel, who basically ignored me when I asked what was going on. "Who are these people?" I said. "Nobody," one of the escorts replied.

I finally got one of the TV zombies to stop long enough to tell me: "We want the producers to take back responsibility," which didn't make a lot of sense at the time.

I did realize that they were being kicked out of the event since they weren't registered attendees but protesters. And today I finally learned what they were protesting: the failure of consumer electronics companies to take more responsbility for recycling their products.

Here's a Reuters blog post with more info on the protest by a group called Electronics Takeback Coalition. I can't remember seeing anyone kicked out of CES before.

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