What forms of “progress” make you yearn for your childhood conveniences?
I’ve come to the conclusion that DVDs really really bug me.
When I was a kid, when you wanted to watch a movie on TV, you put the tape in the VCR and hit play. That’s it. If you didn’t have it positioned just right, you would sit through maybe five minutes of trailers and whatnot, but it was no big deal.
Today, if you want to watch a movie on DVD, you need to:
[li]Put the disc in the player[/li][li]If it’s a Paramount movie you need to sit through ads that you can’t skip through[/li][li]You may also have to sit through a badly-produced and overly-loud community service announcement from the impoverished MPAA about how movie piracy is bad, and how you should feel extremely guilty for it even if you legitimately own the DVD[/li][li]You have to endure the DVD menu’s opening animation which you may or may not be able to skip through, and which may or may not spoil important scenes in the movie[/li][li]FINALLY the DVD menu shows up and you can now press the play button, and if you don’t play right away, you’re punished by having to listen to the same annoying 30-second music loop over and over again[/li][li]The movie starts, but only after the FBI and INTERPOL warnings about how movie piracy is bad[/li][li]Halfway through the movie you realize that because of how long the first 6 steps take, you’ve missed your daughter’s graduation and your teenage son ran off with someone named Opal[/li][/ol]
This painful startup time, combined with a video quality which is often poorer than VHS due to MPEG compression, leads me my opinion that, in terms of convenience, DVDs are crap compared to video cassettes.
And ranting about the situation helps me feel better about it. Egads, I’m getting old! :eek:
So I put the question to you: What conveniences from your childhood were actually more convenient than what we have today?