After my Payoff Question on the kind of telephone 40% of us have never used, (rotary dial) it got me thinking about other things some of us who are older than 30 used to use.
Just yesterday Encyclopedia Brittanica announced they’re ending production of their storied volumes after 244 years… and we all know what happened to Kodak.
The digital age has ushered in a whole new world of doing things and even in my business no longer are there such things as tape machines, turntables for records, let alone tubes and transistors! I’m always joking that I’m the only moving part in the studio, since most everything is on a hard drive. A far cry from the way it was when I began my career. Ready for a laugh? Here I am in front of the ‘board’ doing my afternoon show at WGY in Schenectady, NY back in the 80s and radio was nothing but analog. Back then, we thought digital had to do with fingers!
How many of you have actually loaded roll film into a camera?
Ever used a typewriter? (I used to get blue fingers changing ribbons on teletype machines!)
Do you remember knobs on the front of TV sets?
How about mimeograph or ditto machines… ever use one?
When pre-digital age movies, like Christopher Reeve’s “Superman” relied on actual effects instead of CG animation.
I love the changes it has brought in my industry. For one thing, music delivery on the air is so much cleaner. No more pops and crackles from a needle tracking a groove in a record. Or the dreaded skip while you were taking a bathroom break!
How has the digital age changed your life, personally or professionally? Has it been for the better or worse?