Analog broadcasts will be turned off today. Forever. Snif. Another clunky piece of 20th century technology kicked to the curb. You think all that analog equipment doesn't have feelings? I guess I've seen The Brave Little Toaster too many times.
We are among the 15% of American households that don't have cable or satellite. So tonight comes the test: did we or didn't we hook up our converter box correctly?
Here's a common misconception about the switch-over to digital: No more rabbit ears. In fact, if you don't have cable, you need an antenna and a converter box.
From this point forward, TV historians might distinguish the analog age of TV from the digital age, with the analog age of course seeming more primitive. They will have no other way to explain things like reality shows and Dancing with the Stars.
Doesn't technology usually fade into disuse more quietly, while no one is looking? It just seems so crass to take such a widely used system and shut it down on a specific day. Hmmpf!
Thank goodness not everything has been digitized yet. The other day Roger told me of a recording studio he went to, where the owner uses analog equipment to achieve a certain effect. Analog aficionados say tape has a warmer tone, a "brown sound."
Well, it's time to go turn on the TV and see if we are counted among the living or are stranded in analog purgatory.