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.
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.