Tuesday, January 2, 2018

On Front Street


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉

As I was driving home the other night ('round about 8 PM) as I was stopped at a red light, I happened to look over at a bank. It was closed, but since it was dark outside, it was easy to see inside. A big screen TV was on. Some ad was playing. And I wondered why they left the TV on when they left for the day.

I wondered what channel they left the TV on. (I couldn't tell from the brief time I was stopped.) And then other thoughts occurred...

(Yes, this is a totally silly what if for this week. Sometimes I have a twisted sense of humor.)

What if somehow someone put porn on that TV that could be seen by any passerby on that busy street?

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  1. Then there would be a gaggle of people crowded around watching it, no doubt.

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    1. That's funny, mshatch. My mind went the boring route, that the bank would get in trouble with the city.

      On a similar note, I read years ago about a prank gone wrong. Some guy got a plasma screen television. When he went on vacation his 'friend' put on a porn video, then paused the image. It got burned onto the screen, causing thousands of dollars lost. ~oops~ I don't think the ex-friend understood what he was doing.

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    2. The bank might. Well, not this bank. It was broadcast stuff, so tame.

      Eeek. Did the "friend" not know of burn in?

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    3. I presume not, unless he wanted to 'burn' that bridge.

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  2. Porn! All one has to do is say the word and almost all men jump and look. I would love to see the video of all the people stopping by to take a look and see some puritans get their gander up.

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    1. OK, I think we've found the perfect prank. For someone. Not me, that's for sure.

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  3. Considering how many things are connected to the internet and easily hackable, it's a wonder that it hasn't happened already.

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  4. That bank might get a whole lot of new depositors. I agree with your previous commenter, though - it's just a matter of time until some prankster does something like that. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Perhaps I shouldn't have given them any ideas :-O

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  5. If that had been the case then I bet there would have been a pile up at the red light with folks watching it! haha

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    1. Scary thought. The street is three lanes each way...

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    2. Very scary but the world is not always a nice place! The way things are changing I figure porn on billboards or in public places one day will be a norm. SCARY.

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  6. Folks would probably gather and take photos, and before you know it the news is all over social media.

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  7. Pretty funny thought. I actually saw something similar recently (a tv screen on at a closed business) and wondered the exact same thing. It felt like a waste of electricity (and perhaps money?). I really think businesses should be more concious of the electricity they waste.

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    1. Yeah, that was my first thought. What a waste of electricity. A week later I drove by the same bank at roughly the same time. Looked over. The TV was off. (So, presumably, just an oversight by someone.)

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  8. Probably just the security guards watching the news!

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    1. Mostly likely. Although, it was a small branch, so maybe someone working late.

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