i did not keep a television for the twelve years i spent living alone, preferring books and music to the ghastly and limited broadcast offerings of the 1990s.
When we first started living together, my wife-to-be produced her elderly SONY Trinitron television, a cubic-metre of black plastic shrouding a buzzy, hot, squealing cathode-ray tube with its fuzzy, staticky, swollen, heavy, greyish, screen.
In the relatively-wealthy period we enjoyed before having children, we splashed out on a beautiful, if modestly-sized, top-of-the-range high-definition SONY Bravia flat-screen LCD television, cast the old cathode-ray unit into the ocean, and marvelled at the details and the colours of our new television.
The SONY Bravia television had held up well, despite my young daughter scratching its screen by driving and scouring a plastic-toy DottyWot1 across its surface, and despite her malevolent cousin smashing its remote-control unit with a hammer. However, just before Christmas, the picture started turning pink and blue and becoming frustratingly-unwatchable a greater proportion of the time than not. We held out for a few weeks.
A replacement television had become necessary, so we bought another SONY Bravia, this one with built-in wi-fi and a big red “NETFLIX” button in the centre of its remote control. This new television:
- was much cheaper
- has a bigger screen
- has higher resolution
- is smarter
- weighs less than half
- consumes less than half the power
…than the old television, and it has been embraced as a wonderful thing by the whole family. The characteristics of the two machines are:
|Specification||Old Television||New Television|
|Date Manufactured||JAN 2005||OCT 2015|
|Date Purchased||JUL 2006||JAN 2016|
What strikes me heavily is the size and nature of the difference a decadesworth of progress in consumer technology has made, and this is a very-mainstream and very-pedestrian example of that progress — there is an unimaginably-vast quantity more to come.
- DottyWot is a character from “The WotWots”, a children’s television programme made in New Zealand: https://www.wotwots.com/