Saturday, February 12, 2011

Look how far cable TV has come....

No, this isn't a music video, but it's the song for your reference.
In 1985 Weird Al did a song called "Cable TV" which described the life-transforming power of getting a cable hookup. I still have it on cassette and I play it in my car to much enjoyment.
But my favorite part is the anachronistic bits. Whenever he does a topical song, he will exaggerate things to make them funny. Example: In "It's All about the Pentiums" he describes having a "flat screen monitor 40 inches wide" and a computer with "100 gigabytes of RAM."
But in "Cable TV," the 1985 exaggerations have already been surpassed. He complained about his Cable costing him a ridiculous "50 bucks a month" in 1985. Using the uber-cool Inflation Calculator, I can see this equals $98 a month in 2010, something that people regularly pay.
He also exults in having "83 channels of ecstacy." I think even the most basic package has this beat.


shesthesheriff said...

TAKE some wooden nickels
LOOK for Mr. goodbar.
GET your mojo working now
Ill show you how
When you dare to be stupid.

Jonathan Rubin said...

:) :) :)

Anonymous said...

I'm searching for this kind of video about the evolution of cable TVs. Good thing I bumped into your post.