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Are_We_In_A_Golden_Age_Of_Electronics_ by ChadBrown5

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Are We In A Golden Age Of Electronics?


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Summary:
What defines a golden age? Conventional wisdom echoes that a golden age is when the quality of the
product being produced is at its highest level possible; When every new innovation or release is equal to or
superior to the standards of excellence that have already been achieved. It is nearly impossible to determine
when you are experiencing a golden age until many years after is has passed – rarely can you identify a
golden age while it is taking place. And there are some we...



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Electronics, technology, Sony, Microsoft, Xbox, PSP, Playstation, Golden, Age, History, Design, TV



Article Body:
What defines a golden age? Conventional wisdom echoes that a golden age is when the quality of the
product being produced is at its highest level possible; When every new innovation or release is equal to or
superior to the standards of excellence that have already been achieved. It is nearly impossible to determine
when you are experiencing a golden age until many years after is has passed – rarely can you identify a
golden age while it is taking place. And there are some well-noted golden ages: the golden age of television,
radio and movies being the most identifiable; all arts that are based upon creativity and public distraction.


When it comes to electronics, anyone can surmise that the quality that is being released is far superior to
anything that has ever been created before. High-definition televisions are becoming even higher defined.
Video game systems, such as the Playstation or the Xbox 360 are taking the gaming diversion from pastime
to exhilaration. The broadcasting of music is now done with the giant powers of satellites or the tiny circuits
of the iPod. Everything being released is better, faster and more fantastic than everything released before it?
Technically, by the earlier stated definition, we should be in a golden age of electronics?


But are we?


The only flaw with that argument is that if we are in a golden period of electronic and technical innovation,
then we should enter a period of decline and mediocrity at some point. It’s hard to envision new electronic
items becoming worse in quality as time progresses. Unlike say, film and cinema, where there is no way that
a film like Speed can be compared to Citizen Kane – the drop off in quality is simply too great. But, the
difference between an iPod Mini and an iPod Nano is negligible at its most visible.
And since technology is always on an upward trend, can it then be debated that since the introduction of the
last industrial revolution in the late 1800s, we have constantly been in a period of electronic excellence?
Technological advancements have just been that – advancing. It’s rare that a new and important electronic
release stepped backwards rather than forward: the Xbox 360 is much better than the original Nintendo. A
DVD player is exponentially better than a Betamax.


If one had to pinpoint a time period where electronic and technical advancements were being produced and
released at such an impressive rate, it could be argued the periods between 1919-1945. The monster of war
required a great many food sources, and in order to get the upper hand, technological edges needed to be
found at any and all costs. Necessity is deemed to be the mother of invention, and the requirement to
survive, win and defend a way of life resulted in some of the most impressive electronic creations in an
incredibly short period of time.


Back to the original question at hand, which is are we in a golden age of electronics? It would appear that
we are, because the ability for electronics to connect the world has never been greater. If that is the case,
then what exactly is the next goal for technical innovations? Video games and iPods and camcorders can be
improved in design, but what about function? Is a digital camcorder destined to only become the feeding
tube for YouTube, or can it do more?


Perhaps the question about the golden age of technology will never be answered, and maybe that’s a good
thing. It would be unwise to declare that we have reached the pinnacle of invention and that everything else
from here on in will be a disappointment. And while we may not be able to define the era we are in, that
does not prohibit us from enjoying the benefits and innovations of it.




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