“They used to talk about how when UHF got in really strong we’d have something like eighty-six channels, so you could watch “Green Acres” on Channel 2, the Bolshoi Ballet on 34 and reruns of old Miss America pageants on 63 – what a piddling peon’s dream! Come the revolution, we’ll have thousands of channels where you can watch anything the human mind can conceive…” (Lester Bangs)
Come the revolution? COME THE REVOLUTION? WHAT REVOLUTION?! I must have been asleep or otherwise distracted and totally missed it. By 1976 I was up to four channels. Today we get ten and three of those are PBS affiliates. In my eyes, if ever a revolution failed, it was cable/satellite TV. Yes it’s there but at the same time it’s like nothing there of any real substance.
February 2009, when non-digital broadcasting stops, it won’t be a huge impact in how I stay connected. Books, newspapers and the Internet give me more than what I can digest now.
“A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal” (Daniel Berrigan)