Technology – Then and Now

AYO TECHNOLOGY (She Wants It) – 50 Cent ft. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland

I miss older music. Nothing coming out lately seems to live up to it for me. The above song isn’t TOO old (2007, I think?) but it’s still great. Music 5 years ago is still timeless. Much more unforgettable than some of the trash that comes out nowadays.

When I say “old music” I mostly mean the stuff of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. When I was born. I didn’t actually begin listening to American music until 7th or 8th grade, believe it or not. Before that, I didn’t have iTunes or an iPod (Or even an MP3). There was no Youtube (GASP! YouTube was created in 2005. It was the 2003-2004 school year when I first began listening to non-Indian music)

Even then, I had some casettes in my casette player. Maybe a CD player for the family road trips.

Isn’t it CRAZY? We are the generation in transition.

We have the ability to say things like:

  • When I was a little girl, we didn’t even have Computers because they were too expensive
  • I remember a time when nobody really had cell phones
  • Cordless phones were an amazing innovation and made it easier to multi-task while on the phone
  • The Internet and the Phone couldn’t be used at the same time. There was no wireless internet and Dial-Up cost a ridiculous amount
  • Mostly everybody had AOL. Hotmail and Yahoo weren’t as popular, and Gmail didn’t even exist

Isn’t it crazy? There have been SO many technological innovations from the 90’s until now, 2012.

My children will grow up in a world where all of these things exist and are taken for granted. This technology was invented as I grew up. I am from a time where we didn’t have Cell phones, Laptops, or iPods.

Let’s make another list, shall we?

I remember a time without:

  • Laptops
  • Computers (We got our first one when I was 6)
  • Cell Phones
  • Cordless Phones
  • iPods
  • iPads
  • E-Mail
  • The Internet
  • USB Drives
  • DVD Players
  • LCD/Plasma TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Google
  • YouTube
  • Yahoo
  • Amazon
  • EBay
  • Paypal
  • Social Networking Sites (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, 4Square)
  • Blogging
  • Computer Animated Movies
  • Greenscreen
  • Viagra 😉
  • Adele and Justin Bieber

I remember a time with:

  • Palm Pilots
  • Cassette Players
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Bicycle Rides
  • Hours and hours of Roller Blading
  • Pen Pals
  • Letters
  • Napster
  • VCR
  • Floppy Disks
  • Ginormous TV’s. The one in our basement weighs 500 lbs. Literally.
  • Cable TV
  • The “Millenium Bug”

We’re a unique generation. We’ve seen so many discoveries, and we’ll hopefully be alive to see many more. It’s just ridiculous. In 1989, the World Wide Web didn’t even EXIST. The world as we know it was forever changed in 1990, and I was born in 1991. Just a mere year after the Internet. I’m almost as old as the INTERNET. I’m older than cell phones and satellite TV.

I’m older than E-MAIL.

Damn. Good stuff, this technology.

It has alienated the individual while making it easier than ever before to access the global.

4 thoughts on “Technology – Then and Now

  1. Your blog is really random. I still use letters and have a pen pal (s) though. Mail is timeless. A lot of people bike though if you get out of nyc. If you do you’ll understand why everyone hates bikers XD I am pretty impressed with your list-making ability.

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