Online (Not DOOH) Wins The National Lootery

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

It’s definitely been a crazy few days for our UK based staff, most of us live in or around London but thankfully none of us has been personally affected by any of the rioting going on.

With typical British stiff upper lip we have ‘kept calm and carried on’ and amused ourselves in the office with an unusual playlist; Anarchy in the UK, White Riot, London’s Burning (demonstrating our knowledge of punk from the mid-1970’s of course) and predictable tunes like ‘I Predict a Riot’ have kept us company with the TV News channels permanently on as well.

On Wednesday Dave Haynes (who always writes intelligently) published a thought provoking post entitled ‘England’s riots: Using screens to fight the national lootery‘ which on the face of it made a lot of sense.

He is spot on with points one and two and we’d agree with his point four also. With the latter we’d just add that it should be simple enough for the yobs’ role models to be up on a screen somewhere calling for calm quickly and easily (the cynic in me says that many of the role models of the young are themselves yobs; footballers, rap artists etc it’s just that they have money) but the idea is there. Quick posters up on DOOH networks calling for calm the day after the night before make a lot of sense on so many levels. This also works with religious leaders being up on a screen somewhere and with rioting spreading to areas of Birmingham and Manchester many could see how they could easily help calm tensions.

Now we are not experts on this at all and it’s just a feeling but point three..

A Digital OOH network is a brilliant delivery model for finding or at least shaming the local yobs who were caught on cameras. In the wake of the rioting, police departments and enterprising individuals are posting images online of the faces of teens coming and going from picking up a few things at the ransacked shop. UK police departments are skirting around the innocent unless proven otherwise thing by releasing photos of looters on Flickr and saying only that these are people they’d “like to speak to” concerning the incidents. Just imagine Mom in the local shop seeing her darling son on the screen, and storming home, steaming venting from her ears.

… we think most probably doesn’t work. Naming and shaming ‘mobs’ is not the same as the FBI Most Wanted posters up on giant billboards. Yob / Mob photos on a giant billboard or a gas station / petrol forecourt or convenience store network are probably more likely than not to simply antagonise people and could end up having scree s ripped out or expensive digital billboards damaged.

That’s just our take but we bet most of the UK networks thought about this and then decided very quickly against doing so.

4 Responses to “Online (Not DOOH) Wins The National Lootery”

  1. Dave Haynes Says:

    Yes, I thought about that, as well. But then concluded, right or wrong, that these screens were already in peril – as is almost anything in the path of these idiots. I was struck by how the one store left untouched on one high street was the book store.

  2. Mark Says:

    Sadly the simians involved would find their mugs on the screen network to be a badge of honour. They have no sense of shame and a massive unwarranted sense of entitlement.

  3. Geof Jones Says:

    a loot amnesty popup shop with our projection screens on the glass – and projectors out the way.

    could have a loot-o-meter showing the value of the loot returned and then maybe us taxpayers dont need to pay out for this government blunder – sorry i mean’t riot

    looting because they have no jobs no prospects
    now a criminal record – that will mean no jobs no prospects and on benefit for life

    great ….

  4. Hardnut Says:

    We all have choices in life. Is it correct that these yobs get away with a slap on the wrist after causing mayhem, destroying and stealing others property? Don’t know how comfortable Geof would be if his warehouse was looted of projection screens?
    You do the crime, you do the time!

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