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Jetson into the 21st century
Long live the technological revolution
Scientific. French. Industrial.
American. What do all of these
words have in common? They all
describe revolutions that have
occurred in our world's history.
Massive changes have taken
place in the past and will continue to
take place in the future. Yes, ladies
and gentlemen, it’s time to add
another revolution to the list. If you
haven’t already noticed, we are in
the middle of a technological
It all started back with the
discovery of waves that have
enlightened us with such marvels as
TVs, VCRs, stereos and satellites.
Don’t forget about the invention of
computers — first the size of entire
rooms, now in calculators, PCs and
everywhere we turn our heads. Add
in a little fiber optics for the infor
mation superhighway, and we have
the fastest growing industry in the
Mini-satellite dishes on our cars,
movies available through cable
whenever we want: complete
madness! George and Judy Jetson in
real life! Cats and dogs living
together — mass hysteria! All of
this and more will soon be possible,
because of, fa-the most part, two
main inventions: HDTV and the
If you haven’t heard already,
everything is becoming digital:
audio, video, air waves, computers
and more. Why? Because the digital
quality puts the old analog recording
and transmission to shame. Now we
can listen to digital music, view
digital video in theaters and talk on
digital cellular phones, but we
cannot view and record digital
movies and broadcasts at home.
Enter HDTV. High-definition
television provides twice the
scanning lines of present TV,
producing superb resolution along
with CD quality sound. Add a more
theater-like screen size and surround
sound capability and today’s TV is
scrap metal. It is extremely expen
sive to go digital, but satellite
systems as well as free broadcasting
companies feel that the benefits will
outweigh the costs in the long run.
So we’ll be able to view and hear
digital video and sound, but can’t we
record this? The answer eventually
is yes, care of the digital video disc,
or DVD. This 5-inch mammoth will
have up to 12 times the capacity of a
compact disc and like a CD-ROM
will have video and information
Not only can you watch movies
on the disc, but you can edit them to
your precise, personal taste: PG to R
ratings, different endings or you can
star in your favorite flick. It is also
like laser disc, in that you can store
interactive educational information
on it and skip to certain points with
the touch of a button. (No more
rewinding!) Laser disc will become
the Beta of the 21 st century courtesy
of this beast.
However, unlike previous
technological breakthroughs, the
DVD will allow for backward
compatibility. In other words, DVD
players will also play CDs and CD
ROMs, so don’t throw away your
copy of Vanilla Ice’s “To the
Extreme” just yet.
We’ve come a long way from
Morse code and the phonograph,
through the days of vinyl and eight
tracks and have arrived today at a
juncture that will allow us to go
places with media that many never
would have imagined.
HDTV and DVD are just two of
the thousands of advancements that
will let the rest of our lives become
more and more like the Jetsons —
maybe even better.
Harder is a sophomore broad
casting major and a Daily Nebras
Send in the clones!
Cool breakthroughs, ideas on duplication
Holy multiplicity, Batman!
Unless you’ve been at Marine boot
camp with Riddick (Big Wussy)
Bowe, you probably know by now
that scientists in Great Britain have
managed to clone a sheep, and
before the turn of the century, I
Who would have thunk it? Not
me, even though I did write a list of
things that I wanted to clone back in
junior high (Dr Pepper, Suzanne
Sommers, Def Leppard).
But those were the innocent
years, the good old years, when my
biggest worry was whether Winnie
Cooper liked me, or liked me liked
me. (Whaaat would you do, if I sang
out of tune?...)
But now that I’m all grown up
and genetic duplication is actually
within reach, I can’t help wondering
if this is good or bad. Maybe it’s one
of those things you just need to work
through. Let’s do a little point/
counterpoint scenario and see what
we come up with, shall we?
POINT: With clones, there would
be no need for the military. We could
just clone an army of Kathie Lee
Giffords. They would enter any
battle and immediately annoy the
opposition into submission.
countries would clone their nation’s
equivalent of Kathie Lee Gifford.
How would you like the last thing
you see to be a regiment of skinny
women coming at you screaming
“Ach! Hoeren Sie, Reeg! Cody ist
meine Lieblingsstreudel! Afi ihn! A13
ihn!”? (Loose translation: Yo! Listen
up, Reeg! Cody is my favorite little
strudel! Hat him! Eat him!)
POINT: Evetyone could theoreti
cally be with the person they desire
the most. There would be no need to
settle for anyone less than your
absolute heart’s desire. You’d just
have to work up the nerve to say,
“Hey, I know you’re dating some
one, but do you mind if I get a
sample of your DNA so I can make a
copy of you?”
COUNTERPOINT: Some rich
playboy with a super slick name like
Dick Mercury or Johnny Getsalot
would probably duplicate himself a
bunch of times just so there would
be more of him to go around.
POINT: It would solve a big
problem in my life, which is this: I
hate it when I go out to eat and the
person I’m dining with gets a larger,
better prepared or tastier portion of
food than mine. They can duplicate
animals, so why not food? This way
everyone gets the exact same meal.
would also allow restaurant owners
to duplicate their best and probably
most annoying servo*. Imagine
hearing this every time you finish
your meal: “Who’s ready for dessert?
You’re full? Oh, you can’t be full.
Doesn’t some pie sound just
scrumdillyicious? How about a slice?
No? Well how about some cake?
Doesn’t some cakey-wakey sound
Maybe to solve this problem I
should just clone myself so I could
argue both sides of this issue evenly.
But I bet once my duplicate arrives
and I find out how annoying I am,
I’ll be against it. And since my clone
wouldn't be alive without cloning, 1
think he would be for it.
No matter what you think of
cloning, you must admit that the
new products created by this
scientific breakthrough would be
interesting to see. Dessert lovers
could happily lick away on ice
cream clones. People who can ’t
make it to New York will visit
Cloney Island. And people who
loved Macaulay Culkin before his
voice changed can see a brand new
film starring his genetic twin;
“Home Aclone.” (You gotta love
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