October 5, 1989 |
These days, the home-electronics industry lives by an uncomplicated rule. Essentially, it requires that every few years the industry shall introduce a Big, Expensive (But Not Too Expensive!) New Thing that everybody decides is necessary to own in order to live a Satisfying, Quality Life. In the '80s, the VCR has been the most classic and profitable example. More recently it has been the compact-disc player.