Banned Xbox Commercial Flash Mob Homebrew

Giant behemoth Microsoft crushed the life out of a very creative ad for its Xbox 360, sitting on it and refusing to allow it to air. Fans, however, not only spread it around on the 'net, but actually reenacted it.


(From Banned Xbox flashmob ad)

Flashmobbers at the University of Florida were so taken with the ad that more than 100 of them stunned passersby by taking up their best first person shooter stance and having at it.

For those who have been wondering for the last several paragraphs, a "flash mob" is a group of people who suddenly turn up at a particular location with the exact same agenda. The first known flash mob appeared in Macy's department store in Manhattan. More than one hundred people converged on the rug department on the ninth floor, gathering around one particular rug. When asked by sales people, every flashmobber had the same story: they lived in a warehouse, they were shopping for a Love Rug, and they always made their purchases together.

It turns out that the name "flash mob" has at least some of its roots in science fiction. In the 1973 story Flash Crowd by Larry Niven. Niven's story explored some of the social consequences of teleportation.

However, in his classic 1956 novel The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester wrote about the same phenomenon occuring when the ability to jaunte, or naturally teleport, could actually be taught to almost everyone. Cities had jaunte stages used by commuters jaunting to work in 10, 20, and 50 mile increments:

...the stage began to flicker with a sudden flurry of arrivals and departures. Figures appeared momentarily as they jaunted in, hesitated while they checked their surroundings and set new co-ordinates, and then disappeared as they jaunted off. At each disappearance there was a faint "Pop" as displaced air rushed into the space formerly occupied by a body.
(Read more about Alfred Bester's jaunte stages)

Take a look at the banned Xbox commercial and the all-volunteer flash mob recreation of the Xbox commercial. I think I found this one on digg.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 4/21/2006)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 1 )

Related News Stories - (" Culture ")

China's Artificial Intelligence-Enhanced Education
'The grey gas not only cut off his vision, but also his other senses...' - James Blish, 1951.

France's 'Red Team' Of Science Fiction Authors
'They're the only experts we have.' - Niven and Pournelle, 1985.

BrainNet Triple Telepathic Gaming Threat
'In the gloomy half-darkness the three idiots sat babbling.' Philip K Dick, 1956.

Project Dylan - Amazon's Voice-Activated Wearable That Recognizes Human Emotions
Life imitates anime art.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

China Deploys Robot Traffic Police
'The robot came up smooth and fast as a rocket...'

Better Than Dune Chromoplastic? This Guy Might Have Done It
'But when Old Father Sun departs, the chromoplastic reverts to transparency in the dark.'

Gather, An AI Warehouse Inventory Drone Startup
'It extended three of its tiny arms sideways to lock onto the registration pins...'

China's Artificial Intelligence-Enhanced Education
'The grey gas not only cut off his vision, but also his other senses...'

Orbital Manufacturer 'Made in Space' Gets $73 Million NASA Contract
'Mass-produced in the orbiting factories...'

Soli Gesture Tech Will Be In Google Pixel 4
'I enjoy watching this way, but - He waved his hand and the circuit switched abruptly.'

Uber Eats Pairs Cars With Drones
Fresh grub? Let's hope they aren't delivering grubs.

Space-Based Solar Power Roundup
SF writers popularized and elaborated on this idea a generation before the first patents were filed.

Lost Language Meanings Found By Machine Learning
'The autopilot would need data before it could begin a translation...'

'Aerogel' Sheets For Martian Gardens
'Sealed to the ground along all the sides, Honey, he growled...'

France's 'Red Team' Of Science Fiction Authors
'They're the only experts we have.'

Dim The Sun With Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment
'Those twin volcanoes; d'ye see them, Mr. Renner?'

Mashambas Skyscraper Farm Design Wins
'...a towering eighty-story structure like the office In-and Out baskets stacked up to the sky.'

Self-Driving Tractors From China Plan Ahead
'Machines that seemingly with full consciousness walked out into the fields to do their daily work.'

Jet-Powered Hoverboard Works!
L'audace, l'audace, toujours l'audace!

Nobe 3-Wheel Electric Vehicle Parking Like I, Robot
Spidercar, Spidercar, does whatever a spidercar does.

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.