April 14, 2009

Sex, Lies and the inception of Videotape

Videotape was first demonstrated on April 14, 1958, at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Chicago.  The 2" Quad tape format replaced the "kinescope" and "electronicam" technology that had preceeded it, surely due to the funny naming of the previous technology.  However, videotape was first played on a device called a "Quadruplex", which isn't much better.  This technology led to the creation of a smaller video cassette, and video cassette recorders (VCR's) in 1971, which I used to tape the film "Wizard" on TV when I was 9 years old.  I think I recorded over Flight of the Navigator, which was so 1986 at that advanced time in my life.  ANYWAYS, the use of the videotape for television broadcasting died in the 1980's as the superiority of the videocassette took over.  Over the past 10 years, video cassettes have given way to the use of digital and HD video.  At any rate, as technology reinvents itself to the point where the machines eventually enslave us all, we'll harken back to the days of yore, when we could control our "electronicams" and agreements could be made with robotic allies

Oh yeah - here are the SEX and LIES.

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