September 11, 2000
Bad predictions department, item #312:

Bad predictions department, item #312: (Please feel free to make contemporary comparisons.)

"The growing and dangerous intrusion of this new technology," Jack Valenti said, threatens an entire industry's "economic vitality and future security." Mr. Valenti, the president of the Motion Picture Association of America, was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, and he was ready for a rhetorical rumble. The new technology, he said, "is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston Strangler is to the woman alone."

It was 1982, and he was talking about videocassette recorders.

Posted by Bill Stilwell at September 11, 2000 12:00 AM
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