TV2K

Does anyone think the hype surrounding the whole TV conversion to digital is reminiscent of the sky is falling Y2K debacle? I’m a bit fuzzy on what’s gonna happen, but from what I gather, analog televisions (i.e., your basic old no frills set) will cease to work when the country switches to digital format in 2009. Right. OK, fine. So suppose it’s true, that our fundamental American right to television is snuffed out overnight. Supposedly, you buy some converter. Problem solved.

Merchants, however, capitalizing on our weakness for television, have pounced on the opportunity to exploit the confusion by instilling fear in consumers. This amounts to telling people that they best go out and buy a new flat screen TV with HD, stat. I mean, you can use this as an excuse if you want, but it’s not necessarily true.

Of course, I have no idea what’s true and what’s not, but if my TV quits at 12:01 a.m. on the day of reckoning, you can bet I’ll be waiting at Best Buy when it opens the next morning.

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