What piece of
do you miss the most?
It’s easy to make fun of those folks who stubbornly cling to antiquated technologies, whether it’s because they refuse to accept the march of time or like what their stance says about their character. These are the folks who collect 8-tracks and VHS tapes, the writers who still insist on using a typewriter, the craftspeople who refuse to touch any tool with a motor. But as technology moves at a pace we’ve never experienced before, it’s becoming much easier to understand this impulse to scorn progress, especially if we’re certain it marks a step backward rather than forward.
I remember the first time I heard about CD technology. How amazing the discs seemed and how clear the sound was when my uncle bought a player for his stereo system. A few years later I had my own player and slowly started building a collection of albums. A few years after that I had a portable version. Around that same time I became able to make my own discs. Then several years after that I bought my first iPod and suddenly the weight of all those discs became a burden they never were before. I’d walk around and see a person who still had a cassette walkman and it felt like they might as well be walking around with a victrola on their shoulder. Now rumour is that the iPod is soon to be no more and my entire music collection lives in a place called the “Cloud” where I can access it whenever it suits me.
We’re looking at about 25 years there, which these days seems more like a lifetime than a blink of an eye in terms of how fast the way we do things is changing.
Are you good with this? I personally haven’t reached the point of “enough is enough!” that hits a lot of people once the changes they encounter cease to make sense or seem practical to them, but it’s probably coming.
Is there a piece of technology we’ve started to shed from our lives that you don’t want to give up? One that is gone that you wish you could have back? Or are you content with the way things are and look forward to seeing what’s coming next?
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