Hit Oldies…

This weekend I went to see the movie Sinister.

It was probably one of the scariest movies I have ever generic cialis 10mg seen in my life.

In the movie there is a form of older technology called buy generic cialis 20mg a Super 8.

This was the first time I heard of anything like this. It got me thinking about other older technologies that I already know about. I started to wonder what happens to these things? What happened to the old cassette tape radio I used to have in my room?

In the movie the Super 8 was found in the attic. That’s probably where most people’s outdated technology ends up. Either there or the basement…or the garbage. Why do we get rid of these things? Why do we stop using them? Just because newer technology comes out does not mean we should forget about the things we already have.

I believe we need to stop letting the hype of new technology like mini iPads get to us. Who needs a mini iPad anyway? Isn’t that just an iPhone? We should be appreciative of the technology that came before because without it we probably wouldn’t have the newer stuff.

Every summer my grandparents breakout their slide projector and show slides on a sheet in their garage. This tradition gives me a respect for older technology. We should be putting more of an emphasis to restore the older things, I mean we don’t just get rid of people when they get old, why should we do that with technology?

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6 Responses to Hit Oldies…

  1. JTEPP says:

    Honestly, I’ve never really cared about the older technology. Sure they’re often the basis that has gotten us to our current technology, but they’re pretty much irrelevant now. These more primitive forms don’t serve any specific purpose that current technology does not. I believe Langdon Winner said something that technology never brings something specifically new to the table, it just makes a basic task easier. So why should we use the worse, less efficient older technology? Unless it’s for nostalgia’s sake, I just can’t find the purpose.

    In a sense, these new technologies are restoration of the older things. The point of restoration is to make something better, and make it work more efficiently. That’s exactly what the evolution of technology does. So why worry about restoring older technology when we can just use the new? Seems pointless to me.

    I appreciate the older technology, I really do. It’s clear that without them, technology wouldn’t be where it is at today. But that’s as far as my appreciation goes. I’ll use my new technology instead of it’s worse, older forms. I’ll appreciate it much more in the basement.

  2. C_R_C says:

    You’re absolutely right. Our society definitely tosses older technology right in the garbage the second a shiny new replacement releases. That’s just how our rapid development process works. With billions of humans innovating in the same fields every day, we’re bound to outclass previous examples very quickly. When that happens, things get replaced, and a new standard emerges from the pile of discarded, older technology. Truthfully, I don’t think that we can really afford to ever “stop and smell the roses”, as you suggest. Businesses thrive off those little innovations that cause buyers to quickly discard their new purchases and run out to wait in line for new ones, and yes, I’m alluding to Apple here.

    Still, I don’t believe that we simply forget how older technology influences all our steps forward. Innovators look back to past inventions to see how they can improve upon them. Artists use the nostalgia and specific, “retro” qualities of older technology to convey messages to their audiences. In fact, it’s because our society can look backwards on our successes and failures that we can so rapidly advance forward into new frontiers.

  3. GABRIELLE says:

    I think the clear connection between old technologies and new ones is that fact that an idea had to start somewhere. The iPhone would never existed if an old fashioned phone hadn’t been modeled.

    I think; however, it is silly to think that these old technologies are irrelevant to our lives. In fact, most “old forms” of technologies can still be found running today. I’ve seen an old washing machine run in perfect condition for years. Yet at the same time, that phone you’re holding in your hand may not last till the next month with all those scratches and cracks. Technology used to be more then building inventions that were new, it was about building technology that lasted. Many of the old technologies are made with material that is much stronger and durable then what we find today in modern appliances, mainly because companies want to capitalize their products, and it much easier applying a cheaper, less durable material as opposed to a more expensive yet long lasting one.

    I’m not an advocate of using outdated material, but these products should not simply be discarded, some may hold a value that is more applicable to the modern everyday as opposed to the ever changing products we see in tech stores.

  4. Ferron says:

    One of the reasons we’re always looking to upgrade may be because the companies want us to. Seth Godin, dubbed “America’s Greatest Marketer”, recently wrote a post related to this subject. He talks about how the product bell curve (with early adopters on the left and so-called “laggards” on the right) is shifting toward the left because the product marketers want their product to be adopted quickly by the most amount of people.

    Godin goes on to say that not only are marketers pushing for this to happen but also the consumers. More and more, people want the latest technology, and Godin urges more companies to tend to that want.

    But the fact that we’re throwing away technology just because we want to isn’t really a good argument. Why do we upgrade?

    Obviously I can’t speak for everyone but I can speak for myself, and I know I upgrade because I feel the need to have the latest features. Will I benefit from upgrading to Windows 8? Probably not. But I want to test out new things and be on the cutting-edge, cost permitting of course.

    Given this, I agree with you that I shouldn’t forget the old technology. While it’s harder for me to appreciate older versions of Windows (continuing with the OS example), I often find myself looking at installation videos of Windows 3.1 (a 90s version of the OS). With that, I get a better understanding of the evolution of Windows, its interface, and a many other things.

    While being an early adopter isn’t for everyone (especially when the price of the technology is so high), I agree with Godin that companies should be catering to the curve shifting. I also agree that we should take time, if only a bit, to discover the technology before it, to maybe get a better understanding of how it worked.

    • Lee says:

      This is so true! People love to get the newest shiniest toys as soon as they come out. I know a few Apple die-hards who wait in line for the “new” iphone every month a “new” one comes out.

      However, I am not walking around with a corded phone (well, for one obvious reason) because why would I when I could use a cell phone. I think buying a product just for something so insignificant as another quarter inch of screen is just ridiculous when what you already have works just as well.

      Being a console gamer I have graduated through the ranks of video game systems as they came out. I started with the classic Nintendo 64. When the Nintendo GameCube came out, I sold my N64 and bought the GameCube. This pattern continued through a Xbox and onto a Xbox360. It is now when that pattern got a little screwed up. Instead of having my 360 at college, I actually bought another Nintendo 64 and GameCube. They are just so much simpler and still oh so much fun. All my floor mates have a blast with the nostalgic fun of playing Mario Cart or Super Smash Bros. Even if the graphics are sub-par there is something uniquely fun about it.

      I think there are pros and cons to each side of the argument. As much as my friend has been bugging me to buy a record player (I will eventually) its much easier to listen to my music via my ipod or computer. This doesnt mean im going to go out and buy every new computer or ipod that comes out. I still use the original ipod touch and see know reason to upgrade.

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