When I first saw this little box a couple of weeks ago, it was mounted ten feet up the wall at the Smart-park on first and clay. It’s screen was off and Christmas music was blaring from it’s speaker, and I thought OK fair enough. Now the screen is on and it’s being used for…you got it, advertising. It was placed there by a company called City Broadcasting, about which I can find very little, and features a scrolling news ticker, weather information, and advertising spots for local businesses. Another screen proudly claims that it will soon be featured in every Smart-park in the city, with more locations to come.

I’m trying to decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I like the use of technology, even if it does somehow remind me something you would see in Logan’s Run, but I also dislike the idea of having metal boxes shrieking at me downtown telling me where to go for the best Chinese food in town or what the weather is like ten feet away. I guess as long as they don’t start listing the names of people who need to report to Carousel, or dispatching robot police if you are seen littering, I see no major harm. What say you?

6 Comments so far

  1. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

    Hay Mike “Whiskey…Tango…Foxtrot” thats a good one I need to remember that one, oh bty if you are going to use movie references please make shur you get them right “they where called ‘sandmen’ not robot police” but I get your point. ;-)

    But back to the point you said that these things are 10 feet up on a wall and let me guess to SEE it-read it you need to stand right in the middle of the driveway just a guess, now I have seen some thing like this in a few, real few like under 5 mens rooms over the urinals for advertising but I don’t know how well they work to draw in business and now “they” are trying the same thing in a parking lot it sounds like some one needs to have there head examined.

  2. Mary Sue (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

    Well, that’s just silly.

    Should I open the book on how long it takes for them to be vandalized out of existence?

  3. Steve (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

    A well-thrown, paint-filled balloon would render these things temporarily ineffective, without much risk of permanent property damage.

  4. Judy (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 8:03 am

    I’m thinkin’ that with all of that advertising revenue that Smartpark is probably seeing, we should all be getting a better deal on monthly parking. OK… I’m not holding my breath…

  5. Eli Green (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 1:46 pm

    I hope there is some city ordinance control that prevents these things from being audible. They should not be allowed to shriek at us in any way. Flashing lights and images is one thing, but an audio advertisement? That is just insulting and annoying. And falls under the category of noise pollution.

  6. brewcaster (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

    Best post title I have seen here yet.

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