Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Web Secret 414: old technology never dies

You weren't there, a couple of months ago, when I read a New York Times article "Disruptions: The Lure of Technologies Past".

But I was smirking.

In that article, reporter Nick Bilton wrote about a Venice, CA store called Vnyl:

"The store sells vinyl records, and the kids who gather there are often in awe."

I’d say half of the teens who hang out in my store have never seen a record player before,”

“They will walk up to the turntable, and they have no concept where to put the needle.” But once they figure out that the needle goes into the outermost groove, ...[they]... are hooked."

"Whenever a new technology comes out, we often believe it will make an older technology obsolete."

Surprise, people still take photographs using film. And they still use newspapers and books. Records. USB thumb drives. Flip phones. And pagers.

The reason I was smirking is that I had posted about this as far back as 2011, "there is no species of technology that have ever gone globally extinct on this planet."... That means, he said, "I can't find any [invention, tool, technology] that has disappeared completely from Earth."

And in May 2014, I wrote "...the Internet has made possible a heightened connection to the past, and much that is retro, vintage or even obsolete. A chance Google search led me to the wonderful, a blog that will help you remember, and sometimes find, objects from the past."

So you read it here first.

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