Rejecting the 21st century - forward to the past!

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techno-geek culture
dfordoom wrote in anti21stcentury
I was contemplating buying a new TV set this week. But you need to do a course to understand enough of the technical stuff to even consider paying out the money. I don’t want to have to understand refresh rates and response times and contrast levels. And I noticed that the stores were full of bewildered consumers. The salesman was trying to explain to a woman about region coding on DVDs, ad I could see that she was simply appalled that human brings would come up with such unnecessary stupidity to make life so much more complicated than it needs to be.

The world seems to be run by techno-geeks for techno-geeks. I have nothing against techno-geeks, but I don’t understand why I have to become one before I can even go shopping. Technology should make our lives better. For most people these days it simply makes life into a never-ending nightmare.

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I still have one of those old style bulky square TVs though it does have a reasonably flat screen. I love it - it's the best TV I've ever owned and the aspect ratio is perfect for watching my 60s and 70s TV show DVDs. But analogue TV will be switched off here in 2013 and I am considering buying a set top box that also includes recording capabilities.

I was going to leave it until 2013 but I only want something simple that I don't need to connect to the internet...and it may not be possible to buy one without all those unnecessary bells and whistles by then. I have a horrible suspicion I'd better not put it off any longer.

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