Not sure what you're saying that's that much different from what I'm saying. My main point is that 
the younger generation seems not to mind a lower-quality experience with media (and many other 
things) as long as it's cheap, plentiful and convenient.

That said, when I was a young-un, the typical teenager had a Walkman of one Japanese brand or 
another and a pile of really bad sounding fast-duped cassettes. Those of us who made our own 
cassettes from better-sounding LPs were in the small minority. And believe me, if there had been 
pre-recorded cassettes priced comparable to LPs that sounded as good as LPs, I'd have stopped buying 
LPs immediately. Why? Cassettes were more convenient and portable. So perhaps it's been ever thus.

-- Tom Fine

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The TV thread...

> There is another viewpoint to this argument. Wine drinkers want what Tom has defined or simply to 
> numb their senses. There are different kinds of wines. Young people may want a caffeine buzz. 
> Different objectives.
> There are plenty of young people at movie theatres, which is one reason I don't go there much 
> anymore. I dislike crowds, cell phones shining in my eyes, and people talking or smacking on 
> popcorn while I try to watch a movie that I paid too much to see in the first place. In the day of 
> real film (not digital projectors) add to this list the wretched condition of the print after it 
> has been run for a while. And the lousy sound quality of some theatres. I learned a long time ago 
> that all the arguments for film being superior to TV jut don't hold up so well in the real world.
> joe salerno
> On 12/8/2010 9:18 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> It's all about convenience and ubiquity with the younger generations.
>> They don't really care about media quality as much as they care about
>> media quantity and accessibility at all times and in all places. It's
>> like thinking about fine wine (here made akin to high-resolution media
>> played back on good equipment in a comfortable but not necessarily
>> convenient location) vs. Coca-Cola from a vending machine. It's are you
>> thirsty or do you wish for a deeper sensation of taste and feeling? I
>> think younger people don't even know the deeper experience is out there
>> because they are drowning in a sea of thirst-slaking. This argument is
>> made by high-end audio mags and dealers all the time. They say if you
>> expose your average younger kid to better sound and video, they'll want
>> it, they just didn't know it was out there. I haven't seen any
>> large-number evidence of exposure translating to desire, however. The
>> sea of junk-media is time-sucking and all-encompassing, so when is there
>> time to enjoy "fine wine"?
>> -- Tom Fine