Sunday, April 01, 2007

HDTV, passing me by....   posted by Razib @ 4/01/2007 10:23:00 PM

Regular readers of this weblog know that I haven't had regular access to a television for several years. I haven't had cable since the middle of 2004. One thing that I've been struck by lately is how cultural waves are passing me by...I was having some wine at a local bar the other day and was dazzled by the crispness of the picture. I then realized, this was HDTV. It seems likely that while I will be without television, the rest of the society will switch to HDTV in the next few years. Strange days. The main problem I have with this is my enjoyment of South Park is being compromised by my lack of cultural fluency. YouTube helps...but it can't replace the importance of immersion in trash-TV. There will come a day that my South Park laughs may come from gutter humor which needs not support from common pop-culture currency.