WHY WE CAN’T BE MORE LIKE BERLIN
Thomas Hazlett is bemused by the fact that Berlin has abandoned analog television in favor of digital while the U.S. hasn’t. Let’s see: Berlin covers 341 square miles, has a population of about 3.5 million, and has a deep cultural tradition of doing what they’re damned well told. The United States is a vast continental power, has 285-odd million inhabitants, thousands of subgovernments, and a deep and abiding resistance to governmental interference. Other than that, the cases are identical.