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In this video clip, artist Björk demonstrates how to take apart a television, and explains why you shouldn’t trust poets to explain electronics to you. [via The Amp Hour]

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36 thoughts on “Björk explains how TVs work

  1. I don’t know…I think that poet was on to something. Television has become a powerful medium, and (I believe) a vast majority of folks let their brains switch off while watching it. Even though we mockingly say, “it’s on TV so it must be true” a lot of people are quickly and easily influenced by it.

  2. It always makes me cringe when I see people touching the wires inside electrical devices. I always expect to see sparks and smoke and . . . bits of things.

    Why does she still have a CRT-based TV?

    1. It was shot in 1988 or 1989. And was meant to be a joke, not pot influenced mumbling. Was released on The Sugarcubes: Live Zabor DVD. (At least I found these infos when I found it and wrote a post about it several years ago.)

    1. It’s not the caps you have to worry about, it’s that red wire going up to the VDT which is a giant Leyden Jar containing potentially 25-35kV just waiting to jump out with sufficient amperage to bite and kill anywhere between the flyback transformer and the socket.

      Except for the VDT, modern TV’s are low voltage, nothing like the old tube stuff I used to work on that had 250-800V floating round on the chassis circuitry.

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