Some even more unsettling scenarios could see space ships sneaking up on satellites to spray paint over their optics systems, or physically wrestling them into submission like a T-800 left unsupervised around a naive "I just want to be friends" Johnny Five.
Johnny Five was technically never "alive," but he's sure as shit dead now.
In a surprise twist to exactly no one, China and Russia are apparently at the forefront of "counterspace" technology. And that fancy word is simply a less terrifying way of saying that they're spending a fortune on hardware that's specifically designed with the intention of "destroying, damaging, and interfering with the enemy's reconnaissance ... and communications satellites," and to "blind and deafen the enemy." And in case you're confused, the "enemy" they're referencing is "all you guys in the Uncle Sam Fan Club."
Cons: All that. Pros: No more talk radio.
It isn't a stretch to imagine a not-too-far-off cosmic future in which hundreds of metallic orbiting contraptions are alternately trading fire and getting into flanking position to physically pummel one another like they're a bad Hugh Jackman movie. And while this sort of situation may indicate to outside observers that our species is capable of intelligence, it may also be viewed as the type of intelligence that tends to get unanimous "Yea" votes during intergalactic extermination tribunals.