Over Easy: Changes
This past week has been al about changes. Here at FDL with new servers, a new main page layout and new commenting system. Starbuck’s latest blog was on change in photography. This one is on technological change. As Lawrence Welk would say, “What an appropriate a number”.
Humans are not fond of change, and that’s putting it mildly. They will fight it tooth and nail. If you don’t believe me, just look at the history of the republican party. Especially these days.
Fighting the introduction of the transistor. Not once but twice. In the early 1950s, then again in the late 1960s. Arguing that the vacuum tubes were far superior. And in a few cases they were correct. But hardly all and in audio at least Bob Carver proved them wrong.
When it looked like Single Sideband [SSB] modulation was going to take over from good old Amplitude Modulation [AM] on the Amateur Radio Bands, there was much howling and screaming and carrying on. The technological equivalent of “Get a horse”. Calling it “Donald Duck Band”
When the FCC decided to implement Incentive Licensing there was such an uproar you’d have thought the whole government had instantly become part of the Soviet Union. The tundra and all.
And when the FCC decided to drop the morse code requirement from obtaining an Amateur Radio license, you’d have though that everyone had gone completely “round the bend”. Never mind the fact that it was there only because of international agreement and as soon as that was removed, it went away here as well. Or that the vast majority of HAMS could not wait to see it go.
Then there is a hole host of changes that has happened in the computer world. From the demise of the big, expensive, unreliable, bulky and slow mainframe computers to small efficient mini computers to servers and desktops. Dialup communication being replaced by high speed networking and dumb ascii terminals by inter-networking. All met with pronouncements of the sky is falling and the world is coming to and end. None of which happened of course.
When DIGITAL audio to over from analogue with CDs taking over fro vinyl and mp3 players from cassettes. OY the carrying on. But the analogue aficionados had a plan. Just redefine audio state of the art to include scratchy, noisy, distorted analogue disk and tape and play it on vacuum tube equipment and charge a small fortune to do so.
So change is not always bad and not always good. But change is inevitable and necessary. It takes work and thought and a willingness to leave you comfort zone and risk.
We will persevere and accept these new changes and carry on with style.