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By February 2009, television is going totally digital.  In preparation for this, my dear old dad bought a high definition television - HDTV.

Granted, only a few stations come in HDTV, but there is a harsh, stark difference from regular television.  The hype is that the picture and sound are a lot better.  If you think people with glowing eyes, teeth and grey hair is better than the fuzzy, more muted version, then HDTV is for you.  The picture is unreal, overly vivid, and the colors scream louder than AC-DC.

Oh sure, we can read the text a lot better - and that is its only improvement, imo.  But when you look around your living room and then at the HDTV, it's as if Walt Disney, Andy Warhol and Timothy Leary took an acid trip to the sun.  The colors radiate, irritate, and distract from the film.  It's like permanently watching TV in phosphorescence.  It sucks.

The intensity of the colors makes the picture vivid from 50 feet away.  I kid you not.  How can this possibly be anything but harmful to our eyes?  I'm thinking we might benefit by putting a black screen over the 67-inch HDTV - it'll mute the colors to a more realistic hue. 

I mean, I like red fine.  But I like mauve, too.  I like the muted colors of the Painted Desert.  And while the ocean's sparkling waves on a bright sunny day are pretty, they have nothing on the misty verdent variations of a mature rainforest.

Don't be the first on your block to buy HDTV.  Wait until they fix the color intensity.


In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.

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HDTV is not High "density" TV.  Im ... by Tommy Megremis on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 10:29:49 PM
Wiki: High-definition television (HDTV) is a digit... by Rady Ananda on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 10:36:51 PM
And I thought that I was the only person on this p... by Tom Degan on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 8:38:00 AM
ooh, that's such a good point, Tom.  And ... by Rady Ananda on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:11:14 PM
The only way to get quality pictures is with cable... by liberalsrock on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 9:31:43 AM
like hamsters, are we.... by Rady Ananda on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:13:05 PM
Why would anybody watch the crap on television?&nb... by daveys on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 9:59:55 AM
I hate TV. TV is annoying. When I called my cable ... by Steve Wayne on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 11:27:19 AM
but then I couldn't watch Dexter, America'... by Rady Ananda on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:17:16 PM
I know how this will make me sound, old for one th... by vidiot on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 12:12:02 PM
well, when I'm sick, I like to snooze in silen... by Rady Ananda on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:30:40 PM
What did you look at when you wrote that? Evidentl... by Andrey Gerasimenko on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 6:43:40 PM
yep, see my comment above with same subject line..... by Rady Ananda on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:22:09 PM
Like when they came out with CD's but the best... by Clark on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 9:01:05 PM
they control it all... lolI'll watch for the t... by Rady Ananda on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:27:37 PM
I find a good book or a good project better then T... by Robert N Smith on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 9:43:18 PM
Your article turned up on a Google News search. Th... by bobby stone on Saturday, Sep 20, 2008 at 10:13:16 AM
the first comment was rude because he made an ad h... by Rady Ananda on Saturday, Sep 20, 2008 at 2:55:50 PM
The issue is the loss of the analog TV's filli... by Drew Terry on Sunday, Sep 21, 2008 at 2:27:57 AM
This is nothing more than a neo-Luddit rant. ... by Tom Murphy on Sunday, Sep 21, 2008 at 7:17:07 PM
As far as I am concerned, most of what's on th... by M. Davis on Sunday, Sep 21, 2008 at 7:19:53 PM