Got this list from TIME.com. I don’t know if it applies to everyone though. But I think some of those listed are things I myself don’t anymore see much of these days.
Camera Film - Gone are the days of hearing the film rewind into its casing, transporting it to a photo lab and patiently waiting to find out how amateurish your snapshots look.
Landline Phones - For most young folks, the only way they will own a landline phone is if cell reception is bad at home or if a cable triple-play package is more cost effective.
Real Books - More and more people are reading ebooks, with sales of electronic editions besting hardcovers for the first time this summer. The iPad is set to further challenge the physical book’s 600-year reign.
Being Lost - The days of asking for directions are done. Smart phones make life so easy. Now countless apps can utilize GPS technology to pinpoint your location and direct you to your desired locale with ease and precision.
Music Videos on MTV - The television station once famous for forward-thinking music video shows like 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation — even the early years of Total Request Live — now can largely be summed up in three words: gym, tan, laundry. What happened?
Walkmans - Yesteryear’s Walkmans were indispensable, allowing us to take our beloved mix tapes everywhere. But the equipment was overthrown. First came the Discman, then the iPod. A new vocabulary developed—”MP3s,” “iTunes playlists”—and before you could hit pause, words like “rewind” had lost all meaning.
The Glory Days of Nick at Nite - Traditionally, Nick at Nite was the place for the classics: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Munsters and later The Brady Bunch, Happy Days and The Wonder Years and more. That was then. Since, the network has made a switch to contemporary shows like George Lopez, Malcolm in the Middle and Everybody Hates Chris. Classics? I think not.
Tan M&Ms - If you were born in or before the 1980s and your parents allowed you to eat candy, chances are good that you encountered tan M&Ms. But for those of you who had your first chocolate experience in the mid-90s, you will probably know the current M&M color line up, which includes the color blue.
Czechoslovakia - Oh Czechoslovakia, we hardly knew you. You seem now a faraway land, your name tripping off the tongue. What kid these days will think of your triumphant soccer teams, your famous dissidents? Will they remember a time when an Iron Curtain fell across the West? Will they know what it was like when the battle for democracy was finally won? And will they lament the ethnic nationalism that, in 1993, ultimately cut you in half? No, they won’t. They’ll just visit Prague, pretend to read Milan Kundera, and drink all your cheap beer.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Terminator - Before he was elected Governor of California in 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger had a long history of being buff, tough and dangerous — at least on screen. The Austrian-born politician started out as a bodybuilder, winning four Mr. Universe titles as well as an amateur title in the contest. He was unforgettable as the Terminator (which of course got him his nickname the Governator).
I think I would add the following to the list of things kids today will never experience:
Rambo or Rocky series - These Sylvester Stallone movies, where the Italian Stallion earned his status and popularized the red headband, will be among those which kids these days may have difficulties relating to. The sight of Stallone sporting the Eye of the Tiger and holding an M-60 machine gun with bullets criss-crossing his chest is one image from the 80’s which will forever be etched in the memories of today’s older generation.
East and West Germany - A couple of years ago I had a difficult time explaining that there were two Germanies back then to my students. I had to retrace German history from the tense post-Second World War years, to the Cold War incidents, and the Reunification, just so I could explain to them the problems in the German economy. I guess it goes without saying that I also had to explain the the political significance of tearing down the Berlin Wall and finally being free from the threat and intimidation of the Stasi.
Baywatch - This is one of those TV shows which only a handful of kids in the future will be able to see. And they would probably wonder why the world tuned in to a show with lifeguards strutting down beaches waiting for people to drown. But maybe if they get to watch a few episodes of the series in the future, then they will understand why.
Word Star - I know many of you might be wondering what the hell this is. But for those who still got to use it, Word Star then is what is Microsoft Word is these days. It was the backbone of word processing in the early 80’s. I remember how my father and his officemates used this in their newsroom back then. In our computer classes at school, we got to use Word Star 6, and it was really weird considering that we were already using Microsoft Word 6 at home. But I still did see some newsrooms in Cagayan de Oro use Word Star 6 until the late 90’s.
The USSR - Much of today’s kids and maybe even those born tomorrow will, know little of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR. This was very apparent when me and my girlfriend watched Salt. The teens beside us were wondering what the hammer and sickle over a red field meant. And they didn’t understand why the Russians wanted to destroy the US. I guess kids these days and in the future will also be wondering what the letters KGB mean and why it was feared in Eastern Europe and even in some countries in the West.
These five things are among those I think today’s kids will never experience or at least have a difficult time understanding when they encounter these things in the future. But of course, with Google and Wikipedia, the answers to their questions will be conveniently at hand for them in the future.
Robert De Niro turns 67 today - many happy returns sir! We thought we’d celebrate by posting a few nuggets of wisdom ol’ Bobby has shared over the years. Since we’re celebrating all-things-cinematic this week at Quotables, a couple of our favourite film quotes from his rather formidable oeuvre seems like a good way to kick things off…
“I will tell you why; so shall my anticipation prevent your discovery, and your secrecy to the king and queen moult no feather. I have of late—but wherefore I know not—lost all my mirth, forgone all custom
of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.”— Hamlet
“What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”—- High Fidelity (2000)
I’m into rock, indie, alternative, classic rock and british, including:
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, John Frusciante, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Kings of Leon, Beastie Boys, R.E.M., Camera Obscura, The Who, Be Your Own Pet, Guided by Voices, The White Stripes, Screeching Weasel, The Flaming Lips, The Grates, Sonic Youth, The Kinks, Nobuo Uematsu, Sparks, Electric Light Orchestra, Manic Street Preachers, The Wedding Present, Muse, Even as We Speak, Arcade Fire, The Sunshine Underground, The Queers, Public Enemy, Sleater-Kinney, Bully Girls, The Jam, The Strokes, KT Tunstall, Wu-Tang Clan, Silver Jews, Metric, Paramore, Archers of Loaf, The Redlands Palomino Company, David Bowie, KISS, The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, Japanther, Bob Marley & The Wailers, M83, The Killers, The Rolling Stones, The Cure.