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Old 07-20-2011, 01:11 PM
 
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As you say, we don't repair TVs anymore but we haven't discarded them. Most people still watch television more or less the old way, by essentially sitting in front of the screen.
There is that core element of entertainment we demand. But TV has changed. It used to be that shows were made for broad appeal but now shows focus on target audiences. TV is giving in to the youtube generation as it is being increasingly possible to watch your shows WHEN YOU want to.

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And your dance hall analogy is a good one. They're not like they used to be, but group dancing has continued to remain popular. Technically, there's no reason people can't simply dance at home with their Wii. Nonetheless a lot of folks still prefer to dance in a more old-fashioned settings such as a nightclub.
Yeah, but dancing used to be a set skill with specific moves WITH a partner. Now it's....whatever. Calling someone your dance partner is a bit of a joke. Hopefully these new dance competition shows will revive real dancing. Although, that type of dancing is tough and requires training and practice. Having a professional dancer as your partner helps a lot and they can make you look good.

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As I've often mentioned, there's no question that technology and how we access it changes all the time. Yet there are certain core experiences that humans seem to enjoy.
Undoubtedly, the same human needs will manifest in various ways with each new technology.

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From the standpoint of technology, there's very little reason why we couldn't get our nutrition in a tablet. And you're quite right that there's now been a generation of folks who are used to accessing nutrients in many new and handy ways -- fast food, drive-thrus, microwaves, manufactured food products, genetically engineered agriculture, and on and on. Yet somehow the experience of traditional markets, grocery stores and cooking persists. But maybe this will die out with the oldsters, too.
This opens a new can of worms. I think we're finding out that our bodies are not catching up with technology. There is no replacement for the old fashioned whole food. The closer to its natural form...the better.

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So salute to the brave new world! I'd write more but I need go work out with my Microsoft Kinect.
Atta-boy!!! A virtual trainer never tires!
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:14 PM
 
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They day my two Varsity chili dogs and rings come in a tablet, will be the day I know that my time here is done...
If you keep eating that stuff...it will be.
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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There is that core element of entertainment we demand. But TV has changed. It used to be that shows were made for broad appeal but now shows focus on target audiences. TV is giving in to the youtube generation as it is being increasingly possible to watch your shows WHEN YOU want to.
You mean like On Demand or Netflix streaming? Of course we can watch YouTube to our television sets as well.

YouTube is a blast but it will be a while before it's able to support the incredibly capital heavy programming of broadcast and cable television. Most YouTube productions are still made in somebody's bedroom and uploaded from a cellphone. Lots of fun, but hardly a match for what it takes to mount a television series or movie.
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Yeah, but dancing used to be a set skill with specific moves WITH a partner. Now it's....whatever. Calling someone your dance partner is a bit of a joke. Hopefully these new dance competition shows will revive real dancing. Although, that type of dancing is tough and requires training and practice. Having a professional dancer as your partner helps a lot and they can make you look good.
I don't get out much anymore but the last time I checked in at places like MJQ and Webster Hall there were still a lot of people shaking a leg. Styles change, but many people still want that old school visceral, human experience as part of their data absorption protocol.
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Atta-boy!!! A virtual trainer never tires!
If we ever meet in person remind me to tell you a funny story about that, Mathman.

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Old 07-20-2011, 07:26 PM
 
Location: 30080
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Honestly if you have a smartphone you dont even NEED to pay for home internet. Many people simply tether their smart phone to their laptop these days. And for people that have 4G phones, the speed from the phone is often faster than what home ISP's have to offer.
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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If you keep eating that stuff...it will be.
MM, you are so right! But I'd rather die fat and happy....
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Which is cool assuming you can afford a laptop or other device.
If you are knowledgeable, old wifi-capable laptops aren't that hard to find. I just picked one up on eBay for $130 (HP NC6000, a semi-decent single-core business laptop).

Of course, you need to know what you want. Or know someone who can help given your requirements. City-Data has a useful forum for that, BTW.
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I agree.

I hate how monster mega corporations like AT&T have such a huge stranglehold over internet & cellphone services. There are still people out there who can't afford $19.95 and upward a month for the internet without cutting into the necessities of life.

I think America has the potential to once more be the best country in the world when it comes to technological advancement. Unfortunately we citizens have ignorantly allowed corporations within the last 30 years to define the rules of capitalism with disasterous results.

Now companies by virtue of being a monopoly & reducing the power of anti-trust laws can just sit on a technology for decades without having any inclination to improve on it...even as the rest of the world has moved on to bigger and better things.

The biggest example of the abuse of the American corporatacracy is the credit card companies and ATM/card reader machine industry and their myopic adherence to the woefully outdated magnetic stripe technology. This situation continues to keep us all vulnerable to stolen identity & bank fraud and causes unnecessary financial loss in the billions.

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You are SEVERELY pampered if you think paid internet access will ever be within financial reach of everyone.

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