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1924 __ « Is the Broadcast listener at fault ? »
Comment : “Intelligence, where art thou ?.If the principal trouble with the amateurs is that they do not know where they get off, the main difficulty with the broadcast fans is that they do not know, as a class, how to get on the car, and expect miracles from the conductor one they have have been hoisted aboard. It is nowhere written, to be sure, that one must have technical qualifications in order to be a good citizen. It is reasonable, however, to expect the exercise of intelligence, which consists, fundamentally, in seeking the easiest means of getting what one wants, without bothering other people, and availing oneself of all the facilities at hand. But many of the broadcast listeners do just the opposite of this. [...] Finally, every fair-minded person must deprecate the setting up of scapegoats, and there is no denying that many of the broadcast listeners are trying to male scapegoats of the amateurs. Amateurs are blamed for the interference of leaky high-tension transmission lines, X-ray machines, commercial stations, and any other noise that happens to interfere with a broadcast listener. The amateurs, knowing themselves in many cases to be unjustly accused, develop the feeling that they are being persecuted, and become bitter-enders and irreconcilables. Thus, into a situation which requires clear thinking and scientific adjustment, the psychology of conflict is injected, and belligerency takes the place of reasoning. [...] The amateur and the broadcast listener are parties to a situation that is by no means simple, and which must be considered from several angles. Their interests are, I believe, fundamentally opposed, and it is idle to deny that a conflict of increasing proportions is in progress between them. But I also believe that an amicable compromise is possible, and will eventually be arranged. The prerequisites to this are, first, readiness on the part on the amateurs in the cities to surrender some portion of their present freedom; and secondly, willingness to learn what it is all about on the part of the broadcast listeners. The spirit of toleration and good will, the desire to understand the other man’s motives, and an objective view of the technical problems involved, are badly needed in radio at the present time.”. (Carl Dreher)
Source : Dreher, Carl (1924), “ Is the Broadcast listener at fault ?”, In “RADIO BROADCAST”, Vol. IV, NOVEMBER, 1923, to APRIL, 1924, Garden City, N. Y., DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY, 1924, pp. 293-296, pp. 423-425.
Urls : http://www.archive.org/stream/radiobroadcast04gardrich/%23page/292/mode/2up (last visited ) http://www.archive.org/stream/radiobroadcast04gardrich/%23page/424/mode/2up (last visited )

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