Video may have killed the radio star, but is the Internet killing video? Think about how often you use the computer. From checking emails to paying bills; from keeping up with friends on Facebook to booking travel arrangements, almost anything can be done on the Internet short of brushing your teeth (although you can watch a video of how to do it correctly). Will future generations even know what it was like to sit in a car without a radio or what a radio is? What about cassette tapes?
Technology has advanced so much and so fast that just over ten years later, I feel ancient because I still own cassette tapes and VHS tapes. Part of me worries that I won’t be able to watch the video that my dad took of me winning my first national track and field race because another ten years from now, VHS players would have ceased to exist. It’s a scary thought. However, even I am guilty of not owning a VHS player. When I bought my new television, it was a standard flat screen television with a built in DVD player. In some cases, you actually have to pay extra for things that are considered ‘outdated’.
When I got my first car back in 2001, I wanted it to have a cassette player as well as a cd player in it. However, the sales woman informed my father and I that they no longer built their vehicles with cassette players in them and that it would actually cost extra to have that feature included! Who would’ve thought?! I can still remember the first time music videos became popular on television. Now we could actually watch music being played on TV. Nowadays, if I want to watch music videos, I turn like so many others, to the Internet. You can pretty much watch anything and everything on the Internet. And what’s even better is that most of it you can watch for free.
Recently, I know of at least five people who have canceled their cable subscriptions because they have figured out a way to stream video and other viral stuff from their computers to their televisions. The idea of having to sit through commercials is an option now available to everyone with software that allows you to automatically record shows while you are at work or away from your home. No longer do we have to run out and buy a VHS tape or a cassette tape and then pop it in to the VCR and hit ‘record’. It is a much neater process now, this whole digital world that we live in. No messy spools of tape getting everywhere or taking up space in our homes.
I can still remember when my family got our first answering machine. It seemed like such a novel idea back then. I spent countless minutes recording and re-recording the message that would greet people we’d missed while we were out. It was such a big deal. Along with that, there was also speed dial, call waiting and cordless phones. At times, it is difficult to keep up.
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