Monday, April 14, 2008

Not-So-Good Vibrations

When I was a kid, I hated it when the Emergency Broadcast System’s awful two-tone attention signal disrupted my after-school diet of Flintstones and Brady Bunch reruns.

Even before I was old enough to know that the attention signal I just heard might be the precursor to getting cooked by a Soviet missile or impaled by a tornado-propelled lawn gnome, I inherently sensed it was bad news. The jarring header bursts that trigger the Emergency Alert System aren’t much better.

Therefore, I’m heartened to hear our federal government approved plans last week to develop a nationwide text-messaging alert system. Finding out you’re about to be massacred by terrorists via a pleasant “vibration cadence” in your pocket is real progress.

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