“In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.” – Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“In modern thought, (if not in fact),
nothing is that doesn’t act,
so that is reckoned wisdom which
describes the scratch and not the itch.” – Anonymous
In an era where “fake news” has become the buzzword for subjective opinions, the Max Headroom Broadcast Incursion may stand as one of the purest forms of “honest broadcasting.”
At its most basic level, it’s a simple truth whose mental balm is coveted by nearly every human, “I’m screwing with your corrupt system, and there’s nothing that you can do about it. I’m now immortal.”
Welcome to VoomaRooma.com’s comprehensive analysis of the infamous “Max Headroom” Broadcast Incursion. The incursion took place on November 22, 1987, and targeted Chicago television stations WGN and WTTW.
If you are here, you probably already know most of the facts. If not, a competent and comprehensive summary is available on a Wikipedia post titled “Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion.”
The incursion has fascinated countless numbers of individuals, but unfortunately, scholarship on it is intensely speculative, repetitive and, mostly, lazy. We are going to examine this event without any regard for previously published materials or theories.
Our examination will feature new insights into the content of the incursions as well as historical and cultural context. It is the belief of the analysts at VoomaRooma that the solution to the mystery “Who Perpetrated the Incursion?” is contained within the content and cultural context of the message broadcast, largely, from the WTTW incursion.
We are not professional journalists or law enforcement. We are armchair detectives with significant broadcasting experience. We were working in broadcasting at the time of the incursion. We applaud the brilliance of the work and fully declare it to be “broadcast art” of the highest order.
Before we began to construct this website, we studied and analyzed the incursion as closely as we possibly could. We have drawn many conclusions which will be published in subsequent posts. Please sign up for our newsletter to be informed of when new posts are published.
We have decided on a method of “profiling,” broken into categories of facts by order of confidence. The categories we are applying to every observation, theory or speculation we make are:
DEFINITE – Includes facts which are indisputable (based on the evidence available)
PROBABLE – Includes facts which are likely, but not classifiable as indisputable.
POSSIBLE – Includes facts which have some evidence supporting them, but cannot be classified as PROBABLE.
UNLIKELY – Includes facts which are clearly wrong, have been proven wrong or are just completely ridiculous.
These facts will be enumerated on the home page and will (eventually) be linked to exact posts which support them. Facts may change classification as the analysis progresses. If this happens, it will be noted.
WHO DID IT?
To answer the question which may be on your mind, yes, we believe we have a solid theory about who did it. We believe we have a motive, a method and a completely valid reason why the creator of this work of Broadcasting Art needed to remain anonymous (at least at the time and for many subsequent years).
Our evidence is completely circumstantial and because of this, we will never publish any names, until the facts can be classified as DEFINITE.
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