Think about it…
*When I was a kid you had to get up to change to one of the three channels you had on your television by actually turning a dial!
*When I was at grandma’s house someone was in charge of adjusting the tin foil on the rabbit ear antenna to get better reception.
*My friends and I had to wait for a whole year for “It’s a great pumpkin, Charlie Brown” to come back on television for it’s single annual showing.
*Telephones had rotary dials and chords.
*Super 8 film came in 50 foot reels and had to be sent out to be developed and then edited with a razor blade and clear tape on the kitchen table. There was no sound.
Then, in 1978 when we were filming Dukes in Covington, I saw the first VCR . You could get Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Elvis’ concert from Hawaii. It cost $1,500 bucks and weighed 30 pounds.
That was the first time the world of viewing changed in my 18 years of living.
My kids have experienced the change from phones to cell phones. Their cell phones have better cameras than my first Konica. They have a movie camera on them that you can actually shoot broadcast quality footage on and publish immediately to the internet for the world to see only seconds after they shoot it.
What I’m getting at is that my generation didn’t have to adapt to constant change. Constant bombardment of information. My generation had the opportunity to have things sit in their minds for awhile. To marinate.
It’s no wonder our children today are often undecided. What use is there in making a decision when the whole world of communication or education may change next week?
I think it’s tougher growing up today because of these things.
What do you think?