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Ah, the joys of living where the government is responsible to the people. Oh, wait... [Aug. 29th, 2009|09:28 pm]
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[User Picture]From: snyrt_file
2009-11-30 06:08 pm (UTC)

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This is exactly my point, by the way. Urban dwellers are reaping lots of benefits, and rural America, most of which relies on TV for its information, lost much of its sources for said information. Meanwhile, rural Americans, who are by and large having a mucvh harder time than city dwellers, and are therefore not exactly rolling in extra money, are being tolds that they benewfit by having the chance to buy more airspace for personal use. If you're a struggling farmer in Vermont, or a laid off factory worker, or any of a hundred other things, you are not going to be able to go out and buy more airspace. So you got screwed.

It's misleading, very misleading, to consider the 11% national statistic as a refutation of my comments about 40% of Vermonters. Unlike the population of everywhere else, or at least the US as a whole, most of Vermont's population is still rural. Which means a higher percentage of VERMONTERS is without TV now, versus the national numbers, which of course is smaller.

However, on an interestring note, one of the first things I discovered when I moved into my newish household in September was that a whole chunk of Portland is without TV unless those people buy satelite and cable--which many of them had never had to do because so many channels came in without it.

This is not at all the same thing as milkmen or elevator operators becoming obsolete. This is potentially dangerous. This cutting off a large piece of the country's population off from the outside world. One is forced to ask, if this is such a great idea, why haven't the highly enlightened and generally more intelligent Canadians jumped on the same bandwagon?

What you are proposing is that people like my parents wouild be better off having no way of knowing if say, a moassive natural disaster was to strike New England, or if someone detonated a nuke in New York and the wind happened to bew blowing Northeast. My yes, that'd be a BRILLIANT way to deal with our communications system.

I really hate how urban-dwellers get so thoroughly wrapped up in their own immediate surroundings and spare no thought to people who might have a different financial, social, or geographical situation from theirs. This is part of why Portland makes me want to puke, and why every serious conversation I have with anyone these days tends to just piss me off.
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