Today’s Random Word fromhttps://emkingston.wordpress.com/category/random-word-challenge/ is: cassettes. It reminds me of when I was younger and we taped the top forty on the radio. You had to time it right, and press record, just as the show started. You could then listen to the show at your own leisure.
There were sometimes malfunctions of the cassette and that was easily solved with a pencil and an awful lot of patience. They never really had the same sound quality though..
In the eighties, technology evolved into cassettes for the television. Beta max, and then later VHS. There was still the problem when the reel got snagged in the machine, but it seemed impossible that we could actually record our favourite programme.
We never dreamed that we could record our favourite songs, or that the DVD would be replaced with downloads. We are living in the technological age, but it will change. Who knows what we will experience in the future.
I think there will be a time when we will watch television in a virtual way. Actually be able to be part of the show, rather than just watch it. We already have VR360 headsets, and it won’t be much longer when we use it in our homes. Although saying that, 3D never did get the momentum, even in the cinema, you don’t see it.
Nobody of this era will ever understand the horror of trying to fix your mix tape using a pencil, but they will probably talk about slow speeds for their downloads.
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I guess every generation has its own difficulties or troubles with technology. It kind of reminds me of the fact that there is one last Blockbuster in Oregon, apparently, and all the ceremony that used to go into renting videos at those types of stores when they were widespread–as opposed to all the streaming sites available now. There are these joys and challenges distinctive to those wonders, changed by time.
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This brought back memories of my sister and I recording our top hits on her stereo in our bedroom. 🙂 Recently we found that old stereo when she cleaned out the attic. I remember having to use the pencils too. Great post! Thanks for bringing back the memories.
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