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Modern Marvels: Digi-Tech
Modern Marvels Digi-Tech
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2008     0hr 50min

DVD, CD, PDA, HDTV, PVR--they are the ultimate in "gotta have it" gadgets and gizmos and "to die for" technology that populate a digital world of acronyms. We trace digital technology back to the early 1940s and the first ...  more »

     
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Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Science & Technology
Studio: A&E Home Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/26/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 0hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Guys and their gadgets
Jeffery Mingo | Homewood, IL USA | 08/29/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Ace Hardware stopped calling itself "the place for the helpful hardware man" and starting saying "helpful hardware folk." More and more, gender-neutrality is a sign of gender-inclusion. Well, this doc doesn't speak about "consumers" liking new gadgets; it's speaks of guys' liking them. This work definitely assumes that toys are for boys. The work implies that MIT has many female students, which I find surprising, but otherwise this film is very male-oriented. (And a bit hetero-centered too. At one point, they suggest a man is buying a camera to tape/capture an attractive woman. However, the man is a powerful, burly guy and one can imagine that he was chosen for the scene because guys might like him and his burliness.)
This work had interesting stuff. It explains why TVs are moving from analog to digital. It says, "Well, if you think MP3 is exciting, know that scientists are working on MP4." Still, this work says much about technology that lovers of technology would already know. This was an intro course, rather than a seminar.
Something upset me here. One interviewee bends a DVD in all kinds of ways and implies, "See! DVDs never break!" Poppycock! If you receive red envelopes, then you know full well that DVDs can break or crack. Remember what people said about the Titanic before its tragic end."