George Will has an interesting Op-Ed about Congress and its $3 billion bill to ensure that all Americans will have access to television when the Digital revolution comes around. I had a chance to have dinner with George Will once when I was at Princeton. I won a drawing, one of the few things I have won in life, but passed on the opportunity. Don't know why. I wish I hadn't.
Anyway, the switch will actually mean very little to most people. The only people it means anything to are those who have neither cable nor satellite TV. Of course, the people this most likely affects are the poor, those who can't afford cable or satellite TV.
Why no doubt this would not be fair to the poor, the question becomes should it really matter? I have to agree with George Will on this one. For me, it isn't the specific question of digital television. The problem I have is with the general sense of entitlement. I have a very limited view of what government should and should not do. Clearly there is no "right to television" outlined in the Constitution but where does one draw the line?
What's next? The right to video games? I mean the Xbox 360 just came out, so very soon, game publishers will stop making games for the old Xbox. Should we force them to make all the video games compatible with the old Xbox? Don't laugh. Video games are slowly but surely becoming ubiquitous, at least as much as television was in the mid 20th century. Someday soon, we might get to see a "No Video-Game Left Behind" act and then we will really know we have all gone straight to hell.