The local news services have been falling all over themselves making a big deal out of this, and I guess if you live in the area it will be, but I think maybe it's being taken just a tad too far? Merely calling the event "Carmageddon" evokes images of some apocalyptic doom. Ok, yes, if the freeway closure is still in effect come Monday morning, that's going to suck huge for commuters. It won't be the end of the world though... or will it?
The whole thing of course reminded me of an ancient video game called Carmageddon. Now wouldn't it be fun if things turned into that? Think of Carmageddon as an ancestor to Grand Theft Auto or something. It's about as pointless and gory, and who knows, maybe people will turn to trying to run each other down in the streets if things don't go quite right this weekend.
Bottom line though, just stay out of there if you don't need to be there. It's not going to be pretty.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil
Well. I guess that's that then.
@prettyfly: Uh, what?
EDIT: And apparently CalTrans is already done. So yeah, it'll be a total non-event now.
- None of that makes any of what happened any less illegal (and unethical, for that matter), right? I mean, tabloids hacking people would be a pretty big story in and of itself, but...
- ...hacking the Prime Minister, as has been claimed, is a giant, giant thing. For that matter, most of the people discussed in the Wikipedia article would be a giant, giant thing, but...
- ...collusion and corruption between police and government officials and News Corp people in coverups and whatever else is also a pretty big deal.
Insofar as Murdoch is concerned, he becomes a big deal because he has such a big piece of the news pie. It's cost him at least one paper so far and shut down his attempts to take over a big part of British TV. As far as we Americans are concerned, it becomes a big deal insofar as News Corp is international and obviously has a really big presence here. So that could get pretty big.
It's the whole double standard in the media where everything right wing media people do is evil and wrong, and everything left wing media people do is gospel and you're an inbred hillbilly idiot if you don't believe them.
 Too, my understanding is that this has gone on so long in the UK that both the hacking and corruption aspects have hit both Labour and the Conservatives and who knows who else. So also that. Here in America, of course there are a ton of people who'd love to see Murdoch go down, but as I say, no impetus without the international aspect. It's also totally unclear as to if News Corp is guilty of anything in this country except providing shitty news. We shall see.
Aye, who would have think it, big news breaking the law for a story and reporting politics with Rupert's conservative bias. Oh the HORROR of it all. /end troll.