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Technological Nostalgia

Technological Nostalgia
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Scott Lachut, PSFK Labs
  • 23 july 2009

Image Credit: Getty Images, taryn/Flickr

As technology strives to keep up with consumer demand for smaller, faster and more powerful everything, it’s inevitable that many of the “next-big things” of the past will become little else but memories of the past as they are eclipsed by their younger, sleeker iterations. Given the speed of innovation, there’s a very good chance that many of the devices and cultural hallmarks that we’ve grown up with will be long extinct before the next generation of digital natives knew they ever existed.

To that end, Nate Barry over at Wired has collected 100 such objects into a handy list that will give you plenty of fodder for the next time you tell your next “When I grew up” nostalgic tale.

Here’s our Top Ten from his list:

  1. Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time.
  2. The scream of a modem connecting.
  3. Playing music on an audio tape using a personal stereo.
  4. Not knowing exactly what all of your friends are doing and thinking at every moment.
  5. Carrying on a correspondence with real letters, especially the handwritten kind.
  6. Having physical prints of photographs come back to you.
  7. Remembering someone’s phone number.
  8. Finding books in a card catalog at the library.
  9. Spending your entire allowance at the arcade in the mall.
  10. Answering machines. (or specifically, hearing the message as it was being recorded)

What are you eulogizing?

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