When The Revolution Comes

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO...

SMELLOVISION REPLACES TELEVISION, trumpets a newspaper headline of the future, as spied by Elmer Fudd in a Bugs Bunny cartoon from 1944. Elmer, that old fuddy-duddy, is astonished, but the Merrie Melodies folks may have been onto something. The technological revolution about to sweep over TV will not be merely an incremental change -- more channels, more choices, more chances to play Jeopardy! along with the TV contestants (using your interactive home remote). Ultimately it could bring about a transformation so radical that the medium may scarcely be recognizable as television.

Bruce Springsteen's famous lament 57 Channels (and Nothin' On) now...

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