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Old 10-29-03, 05:25 PM   #1
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So I was reading todays newspaper...

and I got to the editorial section and here is what I seen.

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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.
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Old 10-29-03, 05:28 PM   #2
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Old 10-29-03, 05:38 PM   #3
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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.
 
Old 10-29-03, 05:46 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 10-29-03, 05:59 PM   #5
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I would definatly write back.
 
Old 10-29-03, 06:39 PM   #6
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You definately have to write back, let us know what you write if you do.
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Old 10-29-03, 06:51 PM   #7
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Time fo a little bit of education...write back...
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Old 10-29-03, 06:51 PM   #8
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What newspaper? Who wrote the editorial?

Let's have a massive DVD Talk letter-writing campaign.
 
Old 10-29-03, 07:15 PM   #9
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Old 10-29-03, 07:20 PM   #10
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Write back politely is my vote.
 
Old 10-29-03, 07:21 PM   #11
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Write back and cover the letter in anthrax.
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Old 10-29-03, 07:40 PM   #12
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Write back. You've GOT to represent the smart minority here. Send that reporter packing.
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Old 10-29-03, 08:23 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 10-29-03, 09:20 PM   #14
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Tell us where to send our letters.
 
Old 10-29-03, 09:23 PM   #15
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Give this guy and newspaper hell.
 
Old 10-29-03, 09:46 PM   #16
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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)
 
Old 10-29-03, 10:16 PM   #17
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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.
 
Old 10-29-03, 10:19 PM   #18
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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.

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Old 10-29-03, 11:49 PM   #19
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Re: So I was reading todays newspaper...

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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.
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Old 10-30-03, 12:42 AM   #20
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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
 
Old 10-30-03, 01:35 AM   #21
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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.
 
Old 10-30-03, 02:04 AM   #22
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for well over a century, "shortfall" has been used to describe that which fails to live up to expectations.
 
Old 10-30-03, 02:39 AM   #23
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Ah, Team Widescreen marches off to war.
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Old 10-30-03, 09:50 AM   #24
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No blood for widescreen!
 
Old 10-30-03, 10:04 AM   #25
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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

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