Saturday, January 10, 2009

"The liquid crystal display is the retina of the mind's eye"

Of course, "O'Blivion" was not the name I was born with. That's my television name. Soon, all of us will have special names — names designed to cause the cathode ray tube to resonate.
The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena — the videodrome. The television screen is the retina of the mind's eye. Therefore the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore television is reality, and reality is less than television.

—Prof. Brian O'Blivion

Videodrome1 needs a quarter-century updating2. CRT, meet LCD. Videodrome was David Cronenberg in his classic cyberpunk period. (It also had a terrific Howard Shore score. He was Cronenberg's composer before he was Peter Jackson's.) Maybe there's one in the works I don't know about.

It's the middle of the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES, January 8-11 2009). I'm not there.
Thin is still in when it comes to TV, with LG Electronics making a 55-inch high-definition LHX flat-screen television that may be less than an inch thick in its final design.

"This may be the thinnest LCD television on the market when it comes out," said LG's US marketing head Marc Sorkin. "We are trying to achieve this piece of art that really blends on a wall."

Consumer electronics show kicks off in Las Vegas (AFP)

Lots of stuff going on in Las Vegas; there's less there than at last year's CES, perhaps, from what I've read. Maybe I'll "look" around today. But then, I won't be there.

see also LCD vs. ePaper at CES, Plastic Logic (@ CES)3

2009/01/12 (cnet news) CES and the recession: What was the impact?

1 Tomatometer, 80%
2 eXistenZ (maybe it should have been eXistYnZ) has been called a clumsy "remake" of Videodrome
3 thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD)