The Real Downside to Hi-Def TV

Politicians are really worried about the switch away from analog television and to digital high-def. No, not because so many of their constituents aren’t ready for the change, but because politicians’ faces aren’t ready:

They mandated the nation to transition to digital television, yet some members of Congress may be having trouble making the change themselves.

Makeup artists who worked both the National Republican and Democratic conventions, the presidential debates and in the U.S. Capitol say most lawmakers are unprepared for the toll that high-definition television is taking on their appearances — and that that could translate into lost voters in the 2010 elections.

If it helps ease politicians’ fears, they should be comforted to know that most of us already thought they were fairly unappealing in analog, so nothing should be too shocking. In other words, it’s not going to be like that “Went to bed with a 10, woke up with a 2” song or anything, so don’t worry, Washington.

It does make me a little more content to know that the government just spent a bunch of our money in part to make themselves look even uglier than they already are.

The switch could be traumatic for news viewers too:

Author: Doug Powers

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