A recent Slate article asks How did the remote control get so awful and confusing? It gives some history of remote controls, but it doesn’t give a satisfying explanation of how remote controls became so complex or why they remain complex.
I argued a few days ago that simplicity is hard to sell, unless the status quo is overwhelmingly complex. But here is situation that many people find irritatingly complex and yet nobody has produced a simple alternative. (There are so-called universal remotes, but they’re not universal and they’re not simple.) Why do you think this is?