Thursday, December 13, 2007

FNAC kills analogue shortwave

FNAC store
Originally uploaded by Jonathan Marks
Went into one of the largest FNAC stores in Paris and mooched around the computer and radio sections. This is a big store at Les Halles. I see that all the radio displays have been vastly shrunk in size to make way for MP3 player accessories, mainly speaker systems for i-pods. So I asked about a shortwave radio. We don't stock them any more was the reply. "You can get the world television and radio thru the Internet". The guy should have added "stupid" at the end of the sentence. But his body language said it all. That is significant because many of the African intellectuals used to buy their receivers here to take back home. Not any more.

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