I’ve occasionally gone on about the strange civil war that periodically rages in the planetarium industry circles concerning digital vs. analogue projection systems. For some odd reason, there are a handful of planetarians that simply do not accept that any sort of digital projection belongs in a planetarium.
I go on and on about my take on this in my Planetarium Definition (long version), but the short of it is: digital is better, for a variety of reasons.
Today, this was posted to the dome-l mailing list:
…the “industry” reps bombard us with the story that “digital is the only way to go”, and imply that anyone with a differing view is some kind of moron, who will be “left behind”… And so some planetarians try to shout us down & shut us up…
Is someone a moron for not exploring and embracing technology that brings increased flexibility and capability to education and presentation?
This analogy was brought up:
Beta-Max WAS way better than VHS video. But too many people had too much invested in VHS, so Beta-Max lost-out. Politics, NOT technology…
In actuality, because of its technical superiority and flexibility, Betamax tapes, cameras, and machines were widely-used in professional capacities until well after 2000, and finally in 2002 Sony stopped producing recorders, primarily because everyone was in the process of switching to digital.