Thursday, 28 May 2015

Wouk's prediction

Following on from yesterday's piece on Aurora Dawn, I cannot resist quoting from the author's introduction to the 1956 edition of the book. Substitute "quiz shows" for "parlour games", and "electronics engineer" or "data processing specialist" for "electrician", and he was spot on.

In the decade since this novel was written, radio has given way to television.

Who would have dreamed, a mere ten years ago, that the money crammed world of radio was a bubble about to burst?

Or who would dare to suggest today that commercial television - with its mammoth floods of cash, its huge studios, its racketing parlour games, its jigging advertisements, its solemn potentates - may some day be pricked by an electrician who will devise a more agreeable entertainment tool?

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