CSPAN's feed was interrupted today by 10 or so minutes of Russia Today [RT]. According to their response on Twitter the break in programming was likely due to an internal routing error, as RT is one of the many channels CSPAN monitors. If a different theory emerges, @CSPAN promises to share it.
The immediate social media reaction to the event, however, reminded us of a famous incident from way back in 1987, generally referred to as the 'Max Headroom Incident'. Essentially, on Nov. 22, 1987 someone managed to get a pre-recorded video starring a person in a Max Headroom mask making semi-coherent fun of WGN and professional broadcasting in general. Many, many people were weirded out, and the perpetrator/perpetrators were never found.
It's a fascinating snapshot of media hacking in the pre-web era, and a cool D.B. Cooper-style unsolved mystery. Here's some links for the curious.https://www.wired.com/2014/10/max-headroom-interupt/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWdgAMYjYSs
And if you really want to abandon productivity for the rest of the week, the armchair sleuths of Reddit also have taken some swings at solving the puzzle.https://www.reddit.com/r/UnsolvedMysteries/comments/3oaxi5/new_developments_in_the_max_headroom_incident/