On the other hand, if you can sit down in front of the machines and quietly attempt to "feel them out" mentally, inanimate objects that they are, you might be able to develop a positive feeling for the machinery. You can do this if you are willing.
When something doesn't work or you have no idea how you're going to operate an unfamiliar device, don't just freak out and adopt a defensive attitude. Take a few minutes, meditate on the apparently insoluble problem, then approach both the job and the machine with the sole intention of working step-by-step to solve the problem. You must convince yourself that the answer is there within you and the machine, and you need only proceed step by step to find it. Refuse to accept defeat until you have given it a good try.
Now to return to the idea of your peace of mind. This is the key to successful video operation. The word technology was originally derived from the word TECHNE meaning ART. So technology should be and can be an art. Certainly most American cars and other consumer products can hardly be called works of art, but that problem lies in the insensitivity of the creators and builders to any awareness of natural beauty and to the real needs of the persons who use their products. This is not the case with most video products, fortunately. The Japanese have a strong sense of natural beauty and careful craftsmanship when it comes to designing and building videotape systems. I have never seen sloppy workmanship on Japanese video equipment. There may be design flaws, but generally an enormous amount of care is evident in video equipment construction and assembly.
Since the builders crafted this equipment with a sense of natural design and care so it would work easily for years, you must approach it as the recipient of this TLC (tender loving care) and the design expertise placed in your equipment by the builder.
Taking the Medium into Your Own Hands
As you turn to technology's tools to craft your own visualizations in the form of educational tapes, social documentaries, video art, or whatever it is that you want to do, consider what happens when electricity flows through a video system. Hundreds of minute and extremely complex solid state transistors, resistors, capacitors, diodes