Video Cartridges: A Promise of Future Shock

THE first two waves of the electronic-appliance age have left an indelible mark on America. The nation has more radio receivers than people and more television sets than bathtubs. Now the third wave, the video cartridge (or cassette) player, is about to break upon the U.S., and it could transform the cultural habits of the nation at least as dramatically as the first two. Like pay TV, which for years has been proclaimed as ready to revolutionize the television world any day, the video cartridge has been grandiosely heralded; but even skeptics are...

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