Indian Summer Before the Snow Crash

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Indian Summer Before the Snow Crash

Postby kevinkirby » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:31 pm

This February, when the whole structure of television itself will mutate into something more closely resembling the internet, it seems likely that a great many loyal viewers will simply find themselves suddenly faced by an inexplicable wall of static. No matter how much effort our government puts into warnings about this impending new way of broadcast, it will come as a surprise to many folks when they try to tune in their favorite shows.

Will mass panic ensue, as a result?

Here's one bit about all that:


http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2 ... hover.html

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Postby Ezra Lb. » Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:34 pm

Being an anti-TV fanatic I have long been primed to see the humor in the situation.

Congressional hearings, a credit to taxpayers to get the converter, that leaves millions of Americans still in the dark.

I think the TV industry was primed for a big cash flow this fall what with Joe the Plumber buying hisself a new big ole digitized tube but the ever worsening economic collapse has put the kibosh on that.

Hell if the prices come down enough I might even buy me one!

Does porno come in the blue ray format yet?
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Postby David Loftus » Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:07 pm

Ezra Lb. wrote:Does porno come in the blue ray format yet?



Didn't it always, by definition, come (so to speak) in blue (to coin a phrase) 'ray?
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus

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Postby FrankChurch » Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:24 pm

TV aint the thang, not dumbing it down is the real point. Better that we take media power away from these big wigs.

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Wher'd muh Teevee Go?

Postby kevinkirby » Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:19 pm

The best thing to do would be; to have an old rabbit-ears-only set going, as one's sole source of broadcast programming, then get really really *hooked* on a bunch of regular shows this next January and early February.

Then, just allow the digital switchover come as a big surprise. Forget all about the exact date, or even that it's coming at all. That was, one gains the full experience of the End of an Era.

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Postby paul » Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:48 pm

I kinda see it as a Y2K thing. It's a mass-marketed, industry generated hype. I just cannot believe that the corporations will allow something like this to interrupt their cash flow. Millions of homes who now have tv will suddenly be silenced? Not bloody likely. They'll make sure of that.

Can someone tell me why the government is so interested in my tv recently?

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New Media Tech = Manufactured Consent

Postby kevinkirby » Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:28 pm

After they wind up with all those millions of people without their traditional broadcasts, it will be somebody's job to convince each and every holdout to use one of those newfangled scanner boxes that download all the available channels. From then on, every time it's necessary, it will be up the individual viewer to physically operate this advanced piece of digital engineering. In other words, every time you set up a new tv -- perhaps after moving, or getting another upgrade -- it's up to you, the loyal audience, to seek out and accept all channels at once before tuning in to the daily soaps.

By this means, one accepts full responsibility for all the worst horrors in the daily news. Every twisted nutjob who goes Postal; every dirty authority-figure nazi in the pocket of Nuevo Assassimerica; every kid forced to live amongst the street feces of money-grubbing robots; now, more than ever, the full weight of guilt lands squarely in the lap of the common couch potato.

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Postby Steve Evil » Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:54 am

Just another conspiracy to make life more complicated.

I can't get the damn thing to work. . .

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Postby Barney Dannelke » Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:08 pm

I own a bookstore and a few computers. As long as this new government FCC initiative does not interfere with my ability to reach up and pull down some Will Cuppy or Neil Gaiman or Simon Winchester from the shelf or keep me from being able to log on to my heavily tweaked Google news page I could give two half-hearted date rapes what television does or becomes.

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Postby Ezra Lb. » Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:45 pm

And while we're at it, fuck Blue Ray whatever.

I decline to upgrade!
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Postby Moderator » Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:55 pm

You guys are missing a minor point: digital and analog are officially different platforms.

Unlike Y2K, this one really will impact how you see tv. Or not.
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Postby kevinkirby » Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:54 pm

Also, the difference between a fifteen-year-old trinitron, taking up half of a room, and a five-thousand dollar HDTV that clings to a wall, cannot be easily discounted. From just my observation over the last couple years, anybody who can do it has been tossing their old thousand-dollar giant tv's on the street (thus avoiding the cost of hauling them south-of-market, to the electronics recycler's) to make way for the widescreen future. Although the local constabulary vehemently insists that such discarded video behemoths remain in the imminent domain of city cleanup crews, more than a few formerly top-of-the-line sets are now doubtless taking up roomspace in much humbler surroundings.

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Postby Moderator » Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:36 pm

Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen my wife happier at losing a major appliance than when our old 32-inch Sony went straightline on us. (Literally. One straight line, right through the middle of the picture. Even House would've written off the patient.)

BEST BUY was also very happy, though no employees were trampled in the rush.
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Postby briang » Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:20 am

When the changeover comes, it will truly break my heart to hear the tv go silent.








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Postby Duane » Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:45 pm

I live in LA and I can't pick up half the stations as it is without twisting the ol' rabbit ears around like 3-D origami. And since I (at this stage) refuse to get cable, this digital platform had better work, or I'll begin the campaign to get Obama impeached. The fish stinks from the head down!! It's all Obama's fault! Blame Obama!! ;)


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