With every generation that passes there is some form of attractive, new technology or hobby that becomes favored by most everyone… but most of these things end up forgotten. Most everyone, for example, once knew what a split reel projector or an 8 track was, but now you would be lucky to find a child who could describe either object to you. So I have compiled a list of five things that won’t be remembered by the upcoming generations unless the elder generation tutors them.
Here’s the list:
The Cassette Player: an electronic box that plays reversible, rectangular albums using magnetic tape. Popularized in the U.S in the 70’s, it will not be long before this particular device is shelved in a museum.
The Video Cassette: Another rectangular box that plays technology made up of plastic and magnetic tape- the VCR has been run over, dropped from a cliff, shot, stung, and buried alive beneath the depths of the sea by none other than the DVD. Like the Cassette player, it was popularized in the 70’s.
The Nintendo Entertainment System: A culprit of the 80’s, the NES was once the newest, most advanced technology in media… but most children have never had the chance to see one, much less play a few rounds of Ping-Pong on it.
The Floppy Disk: Originally patented in the 70’s, these square, electronic folders were very much like CDs and USB drives. Unfortunately, they were bypassed by larger, more capable technology.
Wired phones (patented in the 1870’s): Sounds pretty self-explanatory, but just to be safe- these are phones that have long strings attached to them called WIRES! It may seem a bit silly to you to hear me say that, but with all the digital, wireless, and mobile inventions surrounding people’s lives today, it will not be long before children have no clue that wired phones did in fact exist.
Needless to say, it is important to educate the younger groups about the traditional instruments that have lead to the growth in society’s technological advancements. It is incredible to me that there are thousands of children who do not know who people like Elvis, Alexander Bell, and Frank Sinatra or what famous events like the JFK Assassination were.
So I must ask those of you who do know what these different fragments of history meant in years past to remember to explain even the most visible aspects of your life to those who “Just don’t know.”