Today is the last day that TV stations will be broadcasting an analog signal. It took about 10 years for the government to organize and plan this changeover, but there are still concerns from top officials:
“In any change this big, there are going to be disruptions,” said Michael Copps, the Federal Communications Commission acting chairman. “We are trying our best to provide people, especially those who are most at-risk, with the help they need to make the switch as smoothly as possible. And we’re going to keep offering it after June 12, so people should call us at 1-888-CALL-FCC.”
“At-risk” – from what, no TV? They are acting like people’s feeding tubes are about to be switched off (actually, based on the Terri Schiavo case, that would cause less concern from government officials). And frankly, in many ways, TV has become the nation’s feeding tube – providing mental sustenance for the past 50 years to all ages. Unfortunately, that “sustenance” is the equivalent of junk food, and most people don’t know that there is a world of gourmet mental food out there if they just pull the plug on their TV. Of course, supporting the junk food of TV is conducive to good governement: a mentally weak people is an easily controlled people (read “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley for details).