Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Betamax and time travel in 1975

"The Betamax will allow you to break the time barrier... to record the present and save it for the future!"

This is fascinating on so many levels: (1) a window into people's television viewing habits in the 1970s, (2) a connection between television recording, the database, and the time machine, and (3) a potential critique of Virilio's tendency to overlook asynchronicity in new media. Wow!
Via Laughing Squid.



Blogger Irene Chien said...

This is amazing. Before Tivo, Betamax was the revolutionary time machine!

4/16/2007 2:58 PM  

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