So yesterday I talked about analog and digital tv. Today it’s DVDs and VHS tapes. Ok, so I may be jumping into this debate about ten years too late, but I figure it’s ok. This is my blog and I can post what I want.
Anyway, the other day my wife and I got a few DVDs from the library (they’re free there, so it’s nice). We put one in (Jungle 2 Jungle) and started to watch. Jungle 2 Jungle was one of those funny movies that I laughed at as a kid. It has Tim Allen in it, so you know the type of humor. Anyway, we get about two thirds of the way through and it starts becoming all static-y (that’s a word, right?). It was so bad that we couldn’t finish the movie. This is very annoying.
You see, this is a kid’s movie, so kids get their little hands all over the dvd. The scratch it, get oily hand grease all over it and this eventually ruins the thing. Now, I grew up in the days of VHS. We didn’t have this problem then (except that one time I put a got a butter knife stuck in the VCR). You could throw that tape around the room like a ball and it wouldn’t matter. But DVDs are so fragile in the grand scheme that it just doesn’t last (especially when a kid’s involved).
So, I’m going to go against the grain and say that VHS tapes should still be made and that, by law, people who have kids should be required to buy/rent/borrow VHS rather than DVD.