| News |

Freedom fighters rejoice: SkyNet MIA at DNC

SkyNet may or may not be back.
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Those fearing the coming apocalypse were surely not happy when Denver officials unveiled SkyNet, a giant LED screen strapped to the side of the Colorado Convention Center that would broadcast videos during the Democratic National Convention -- and that, for some reason, shared the name of the the scary computer system that takes over Earth and spews out Arnold Schwarzenegger robots in the Terminator movies. Thankfully, Sarah Conner wannabes had nothing to worry about: By the time the DNC was underway, SkyNet had mysteriously been taken down.

Why the change of plans? Did convention organizers realize that SkyNet’s potential for worldwide holocaust was too great? Had SkyNet somehow gotten loose, transforming into a mechanized deathbot spewing cheesy video ads and wanton destruction wherever it roamed? No word yet on the truth; repeated phone calls to ADTI Media Incorporated, the Centennial company behind SkyNet, yielded only evasive responses – though one particular call last Friday afternoon hinted that something may be afoot.

“Uh, I am not authorized to discuss such matters,” said the company representative who answered the phone, clearly regretting that he’d done so. “I imagine next week we will be close to that.” Then he added with a nervous laugh, “But SkyNet is great! SkyNet is awesome!”

It almost seemed like someone was forcing him to exclaim such platitudes – or maybe something! Looks like it’s time to break out that end-of-the-world weapons stockpile… -- Joel Warner

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.