Gary Handman wrote:
> The point is, consumer electronics (and most everything else these days)
> are not driven by populist impulse or the common good: the industries
> involved call the shots, and those shots are based on the good ol'
> meretricious bottom line. Taking a wait and see approach to DVD at this
> time is not unreasonable, I guess...but sooner or later it's a leap we're
> all gonna have to make (at least as far as feature films go). I'll bet
> that within 2-3 years, taped movies have gone the way of 33.3rpm (the fond
> collectables of nostalgia buffs). Now about all those off-the-mainstream
> titles...I dunno...
> By the way, after this coming Christmas, I'll bet the gap between the DVD
> haves and havenots in your community closes considerably...
> Gary Handman
> At 11:44 AM 08/22/2000 -0700, you wrote:
> >> ..one could, of course, make the case that availability, easy access, (and
> >> fervent publicity) fire demand...not the other way around. I've always
> >> been a big fan of building the field of dreams, and then standing by with
> >> bountiful popcorn and peanuts...
> >A few weeks ago it was a announced that sales of DVD players had reached the
> >3 million mark.
> >That's about the population size of my home city of Toronto -- a relatively
> >small fraction of the rest of the continent (let alone the world). So what
> >is the rest of the population suppose to do when libraries choose to serve
> >the minority instead of the majority?
> Gary Handman
> Media Resources Center
> Moffitt Library
> UC Berkeley 94720-6000
> "Everything wants to become television" (James Ulmer -- Teletheory)
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