> after he was elected President of the Institute of Radio Engineers. In his inaugural address, de Forest lashed out against what he called "the insistent ballyhoo of sales talk [on radio], which now viciously interrupts 70% of entertainment programs." He predicted this would soon lead to a large loss of listeners and huge decline in ad revenues. He urged the engineers to regain control of their creation from the "manufacturers and outside businessmen" who had taken it away from them.

:blobcatgiggle: History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes.


> De Forest had several reasons for attacking radio in the early 1930s. First, radio had grown from a crystal-set hobby to a multi-tube, commercial craze. [...] witnessing the change in receivers from battery operated sets built with a complex assortment of components from numerous manufacturers to receivers largely standardized in construction and price.
> Broadcasting had emerged "from a public novelty to an indispensable utility." This new commercial medium required mass audiences to support the advertisers who paid the bills. What little remained of de Forest's early broadcasting ideals were crushed under the weight of this new popular radio culture.

All American Five, the x86 of its time?

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