Tech #26: Cracked Magazine 1983
In November 1983, Cracked magazine had a piece called "Signs that it's the Computer Age." I thought it might be fun to take a look roughly thirty years later.
In regards to the image above, there was a time when Casio and the like were putting whistles and bells on their watches, much to the amazement of consumers. Who could have predicted that watches have more or less gone back to being what they originally were - just timepieces Of course, who even needs a watch anymore? People are so intimately linked to their phones, which do more than a watch could ever dream, that watches have been rendered obsolete.
My living room television has your standard cable package, plus it's connected to an XBox, a Wii, and a Roku. Add to that, it also has a DVD player and DVR box. But the big change isn't really the number of devices connected, it's what you can actually watch on the television that's made the big change. Not only have the video game graphics improved, but so has the overall TV resolution. And don't get me started about the number of options you have to watch: a million channels, Netflix instant, Amazon instant, a billion DVD's to choose from, YouTube, etc. etc.
Aside from the fact that a lot of kids elect to sit in front of a computer screen rather than play sports, there's been a huge change in athletics via technology. Watching an NFL game is about as close to science fiction as it gets - it is so ridiculously high tech. Watch an old game on ESPN Classic and you'll see just how much things have changed. Just ask Dave Johnson...
I have kids, but they haven't quite reached the age where I can attest to whether this came true. Somehow, I doubt it. Some things will never change.
Probably the most important and accurate assertion of this whole Cracked article.
Don't get me started. This picture has one thing incorrect - these people are able to make their complaints to an actual human being.
Do you have those moments at work where you wonder if this computer stuff is really speeding things up? I hate to sound like a Luddite, but I've had many moments where I'd like to just chunk it all and go back to carbon paper.
Of course, then we wouldn't have Retrospace. So, I guess there's reason enough to put up with this jazz.