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Retro Tech Tuesday: Cable TV vs. the Internet

Imagine a magical new technology, allowing you to take classes, pay bills, and even shop from the comfort of your home. It sounds a lot like the Internet today, but in the early 1970's this was also the promise of cable TV. Yes, lost in the 500-channel universe of today was all the promise and hope for two-way cable communications, way back when. Thanks to 60 Minutes, we can get in our magical time machine, and turn back to a time when it looked like cable TV could just about cure everything that ailed us. As a sidenote, it's interesting to hear the concerns that this box in your house was tantamount to "Big Brother." We scoff at giving away personal info left and right today. Hmm... maybe they were on to something...


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