D-Day (Digital Day) 2009

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Cornell Capa, The fourth and last of the Kennedy-Nixon debates (held in New York City), as seen on the television of a New York bar, Oct. 21, 1960

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Cornell Capa, Television comedian and talk-show host Jack Paar at home, watching the show he had taped earlier in the day, 1959

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Roger Mertin, Untitled, from the Plastic Love Dream portfolio, 1968

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Weegee, Television Antennas – Upper Manhattan, ca. 1960

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Weegee, [Empire State Building and antenna], ca, 1960

The date for the final transition of broadcast television from analog to digital is June 12, 2009…

Weegee, a long time critic of television (see The Idiot Box, ca. 1965, 16mm, 5 min.) and the celebrities who appeared on it, presciently, and perhaps psychically, knew, as the FCC writes on their website: A good antenna makes all the difference in the world…

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