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View Full Version : So I was reading todays newspaper... (uninformed editorial on DVD)


ElementZ
10-29-03, 06:25 PM
and I got to the editorial section and here is what I seen.

DVD movies have shortfall
Things are changing. VHS movies are used less. DVD movies do not fill your screen. At the same time, many people are purchasing big screen televisions. I dont enjoy wide, black areas shrinking the picture. You would think that with today's technology it would be possible to have dvd pictures fill a normal television screen.

This really soured me, should I respond to the editorial and educate this individual and others who might have read this and agree.

Sorry that I do not have a link as it was just the small local newspaper.

NotThatGuy
10-29-03, 06:28 PM
And people ask why americans crack on our neighbors to the North. :)

-pedagogue

RussG
10-29-03, 06:38 PM
You should write back with an intelligently written piece concerning the reason for the "black bars".

It just strikes me as a very sad state of affairs when a reporter can't get all the facts when writing their story. I guess I'm the idealistic journalism major - which is why I don't write for the media as a career.

Sign of the times, I suppose.

JimRochester
10-29-03, 06:46 PM
The fact that the paper saw fit to print this editorial is what really scares me. If they are that hard up for content, you may want to find on of their reportes and ask them to do an entertainment piece on new technology and Home Theater.

mikewendt
10-29-03, 06:59 PM
I would definatly write back.

Bandit03
10-29-03, 07:39 PM
You definately have to write back, let us know what you write if you do.

Tha Freak
10-29-03, 07:51 PM
Time fo a little bit of education...write back...

DonnachaOne
10-29-03, 07:51 PM
What newspaper? Who wrote the editorial?

Let's have a massive DVD Talk letter-writing campaign.

Mutley Hyde
10-29-03, 08:15 PM
I'm in!

chente
10-29-03, 08:20 PM
Write back politely is my vote.

RyoHazuki
10-29-03, 08:21 PM
Write back and cover the letter in anthrax.

Gyno Rhino
10-29-03, 08:40 PM
Write back. You've GOT to represent the smart minority here. Send that reporter packing.

ElementZ
10-29-03, 09:23 PM
The paper is called the Saint John Telegraph. After working back to back to back 12 hour shifts, I am exhausted to think of anything right now, I do have a few ideas in my head. JimRochester gave me a very good idea. I wonder if the entertainment editor would accept an idea for a widescreen vs fullscreen piece with laymans terms that most people can understand. I wonder if I should mention how all television stations are converting to 100% digital in ~3 years so he will have to purchase a new tv. That would certainly give him something to scoff about. ;)

MurraySiskind
10-29-03, 10:20 PM
Tell us where to send our letters.

JoeyOhhhh
10-29-03, 10:23 PM
Give this guy and newspaper hell.

mdX
10-29-03, 10:46 PM
I wonder if I should mention how all television stations are converting to 100% digital in ~3 years so he will have to purchase a new tv.

if you did that, you'd be worse than him/her. all he/she will have to purchase is a set top box to decode the digital broadcasts (assuming he/she doesn't have cable/sat, in which case no change will be necessary at all)

BizRodian
10-29-03, 11:16 PM
This sounds like a typical small town paper...

Write back with the reasons, and post the email address here so we can all respond (in a nice manner explaining everything.) Then the person will feel like an idiot. :)

shill66
10-29-03, 11:19 PM
Yes, I think you should definitely write back, unlike these other guys who say you should definately write back.



Most frequently misspelled word on the internet, I think.

(Sorry. :crap: )

duz
10-30-03, 12:49 AM
Originally posted by ElementZ
I dont enjoy wide, black areas shrinking the picture. You would think that with today's technology it would be possible to have dvd pictures fill a normal television screen.


They do, its called a 'Zoom Button'
On a related note, in my old town there was a small tv repair shop selling expensive converters that made your widescreen dvds play in fullscreen. Whenever I saw that ad I died a little inside.

Wazootyman
10-30-03, 01:42 AM
In the Minneapolis Star Tribune this summer, they ran a 5 part series on how Widescreen works, explained things like Full frame, aspect ratios, Super 35, etc etc... it was nice :)

Ayo
10-30-03, 02:35 AM
You know, its not just that the person doesn't seem to have a grasp on the concepts of different shapes (squares and rectangles are not the same), but the terrible sentence structure and writing in general.


But most problematic of all: "Shortfall?"

I'm sorry, but you can have a "shortcoming," or a "downfall," but you can't just mix and match.

hogfat
10-30-03, 03:04 AM
for well over a century, "shortfall" has been used to describe that which fails to live up to expectations.

Josh-da-man
10-30-03, 03:39 AM
Ah, Team Widescreen marches off to war.

BizRodian
10-30-03, 10:50 AM
No blood for widescreen!

weargle
10-30-03, 11:04 AM
Originally posted by Ayo
But most problematic of all: "Shortfall?"

I'm sorry, but you can have a "shortcoming," or a "downfall," but you can't just mix and match.

Oops, the grammar police are wrong: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=shortfall

;)

MrE
10-30-03, 11:12 AM
Originally posted by Wazootyman
In the Minneapolis Star Tribune this summer, they ran a 5 part series on how Widescreen works, explained things like Full frame, aspect ratios, Super 35, etc etc... it was nice :)
Here's the link to part 1:
http://www.startribune.com/stories/389/3947848.html

Ayo
10-30-03, 12:46 PM
Originally posted by weargle
Oops, the grammar police are wrong: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=shortfall

;)


I don't buy it. I've never heard that word used before, and furthermore, it just sounds stupid.

My anti-shortfall group will put a stop to this abuse of language.

talemyn
10-30-03, 12:52 PM
Originally posted by Ayo
I don't buy it. I've never heard that word used before, and furthermore, it just sounds stupid.

My anti-shortfall group will put a stop to this abuse of language. Have you ever heard of something that "falls short"? If you have an attribute that "falls short of the mark", then it is one of your "shortfalls".

Tomorrow's word will be: callipygian.

Seeker
10-30-03, 01:06 PM
Originally posted by ElementZ
The paper is called the Saint John Telegraph. After working back to back to back 12 hour shifts, I am exhausted to think of anything right now, I do have a few ideas in my head. JimRochester gave me a very good idea. I wonder if the entertainment editor would accept an idea for a widescreen vs fullscreen piece with laymans terms that most people can understand. I wonder if I should mention how all television stations are converting to 100% digital in ~3 years so he will have to purchase a new tv. That would certainly give him something to scoff about. ;)

Good idea. Do it. Gets your point across and gets you a publishing credit.

dtcarson
10-30-03, 01:21 PM
Originally posted by talemyn
Have you ever heard of something that "falls short"? If you have an attribute that "falls short of the mark", then it is one of "shortfalls".

Tomorrow's word will be: callipygian.

I always liked 'quotidian.'

Shortsfall: when your underwear is too big in the waist.

recess
10-30-03, 01:57 PM
Originally posted by talemyn
Have you ever heard of something that "falls short"? If you have an attribute that "falls short of the mark", then it is one of "shortfalls".

Tomorrow's word will be: callipygian.

No, but I have heard of "stopping short". I do it all the time.

Sincerely,
Frank Constanza

bboisvert
10-30-03, 02:31 PM
Originally posted by Ayo
I don't buy it. I've never heard that word used before, and furthermore, it just sounds stupid.

My anti-shortfall group will put a stop to this abuse of language.

Good luck.

The OED traces the first usage back to 1895. It's been used for over a century... sounds pretty entrenched to me.

ElementZ
10-30-03, 06:03 PM
Here is the e-mail address and fax number to the editorial section.

tjletters@nbpub.com

(506)633-6758

emanon
10-30-03, 07:31 PM
Here's what I'd do:

1) Buy a copy of today's Saint John Telegraph.

2) Cut a good chunk off of both the left and right-hand sides of the paper - about 20% off each side should do.

3) Mail it to their office, and tell them that you've formatted it to fit more neatly in vending machines, and that based on their opinion of DVD treatment, you're sure they'll like it.

Abob Teff
10-30-03, 08:23 PM
Emanon beat me to it. Here is the response I would mail to them: (kept short and brief for time)<P>
///////////////at is not a technological conspiracy/////////////////
///////////////at its presentation replicates that /////////////////
///////////////A full screen version actually cuts o/////////////////
//////////////ating up to 50% of the viewable scr////

Breakfast with Girls
10-30-03, 09:42 PM
Originally posted by Abob Teff
Emanon beat me to it. Here is the response I would mail to them: (kept short and brief for time)

ve shortfall
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Formatted to fit your screen.