Loc: Whittier, California
Originally Posted By: chunkstyle
I think it's been mentioned already Jeff, but you and I see politics very differently. Incrementalism is the definition of lowering expectations.
What exactly are you waiting for? Permission? Is that how you think politics works?
I already said how I think it works. I can expand on that a little if you want.
I'd like to use the switch from analog TV (NTSC system) to digital (ATSC) as a loose analogy.
ATSC Standard A/53, which implemented the system developed by the Grand Alliance, was published in 1995; the standard was adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States in 1996.
Television sets generally cost anywhere from $149 to $2500 in the years prior to 2009, which is the year we finally left the old 1930's NTSC analog TV technology behind for keeps. Maximum size for a CRT TV screen back then was somewhere around 40 inches.
It took almost five years for the last CRT (square standard definition glass 4:3 picture tube) TV sets manufactured to finally start hitting the dumpsters, and there are still a few stubbornly hanging on. There's still a few rotary dial telephones and VHS decks sitting around and still being used, even today. And vinyl and even reel to reel are making a comeback. In the case of vinyl, a large enough comeback that a brand new record pressing plant went online here in L.A. a year and a half ago, and a couple of others elsewhere in the USA and abroad.
The switchover from analog SDTV to digital HDTV also took several years, with stations still broadcasting their old analog signal side by side next to their new digital HD signal.
On June 11, 2009, one day before the analog shutoff, the National Association of Broadcasters reported that 1.75 million Americans were still not ready. 971 TV stations made the final switch to digital on June 12. The final off-the-air moment caused stations to swamped with thousands of angry calls from people who STILL did not know that analog TV was going bye-bye.
1996 to 2009, and we're talking about television sets!
Should I try using electric cars as an analogy instead?
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