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Is it a phone? The hilarious reactions of baffled children presented with a Sony Walkman..
UK Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2014 | Sadie Whitelocks

Posted on 04/15/2014 9:47:23 AM PDT by C19fan

Children's perplexed reactions to a Sony Walkman have been caught on camera, with the majority frustrated at operating clunky buttons over a touch screen. Los Angeles-based filmmakers Benny and Rafi Fine asked volunteers aged six to 13 to guess what the bulky device was, with suggestions including a 'walkie-talkie' or 'boombox'. 'What is this?' one nine-year-old girl quizzed as she investigated the Eighties-era cassette player, while another exclaimed 'I'm not going to give up, I'm a survivor,' as she determinedly tried to figure out how it worked.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: cassette; consumerelectronics; goodolddays; oldfartsclub; oldstuff; technology; walkman
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I pointed out to my young ones the Walkman on display at the Smithsonian American History Museum.
1 posted on 04/15/2014 9:47:23 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

There’s another one of kids being shown a rotary phone. It’s a hoot..


2 posted on 04/15/2014 9:49:52 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: C19fan

This seems so weird, but I keep forgetting that these kids were born mostly after 9/11.

Even though I was born in the 70s, I was keenly aware of what all sorts of devices were that were from the early 20th century to the 60s. That just shows how little changed in that period compared to the years since. I suppose that many of the movies and cartoons that were still widely shown at the time were easily made in the 40s and 30s, so there is that too.


3 posted on 04/15/2014 9:58:52 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: ken5050

Back in the day, the Sony walkman was the bomb. It was expensive, high tech and enjoyed exclusivity for years, even as knock offs flooded venue by venue until they reached the bottom of the market....convenience stores and carnival prizes. Eventually, the .mp3 format and the iPod killed off the cassette based walkman and it’s many daughters. When you see the current success and fad of the iPad...That’s what the walkman was like back in those days.


4 posted on 04/15/2014 10:00:13 AM PDT by BRK
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To: ken5050

They’d really be confused by the 8 track player I had in my first car.


5 posted on 04/15/2014 10:00:32 AM PDT by afsnco
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To: C19fan

We used to have to get up and walk over to the t.v. to change the channel.


6 posted on 04/15/2014 10:06:06 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: BRK

Yep! I remember the day the guitar player in our band brought over his brand spanking new Sony Walkman. We were SO amazed with it! And how SMALL it was! And the sound was JUST like our big stereos.

Seems like just a few years ago. Funny to think that this thing is in a MUSEUM now.

Same goes for another friend’s TRS-80 computer...


7 posted on 04/15/2014 10:08:01 AM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: C19fan
Ya. And an HP calc plus a bunch of other stuff that we grew up with.

I believe it is all in the American History Museum. Definitely worth a visit.

8 posted on 04/15/2014 10:08:06 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: ken5050
There’s another one of kids being shown a rotary phone. It’s a hoot..

We ended up with an old rotary phone recently. My nephew found it at a construction/demolition job he was working on and brought it home for his sister's kids to play with. They didn't get it, and one of them started crying when given the "phone" to play with. He was expecting an iPhone or something similar, not this weird thing that didn't even have a screen! We volunteered to give it a new home, and may actually start using it.

9 posted on 04/15/2014 10:09:17 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: afsnco

IMHO, the 8 track was better. At least you could jump between songs. I grew up with cassettes and that drove me nuts. (I wanna hear it again! Good luck...!)


10 posted on 04/15/2014 10:09:25 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Veggie Todd; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
We used to have to get up and walk over to the t.v. to change the channel.


11 posted on 04/15/2014 10:09:36 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: VanDeKoik

“Even though I was born in the 70s, I was keenly aware of what all sorts of devices were that were from the early 20th century to the 60s.”

The twenty-something’s are not nearly as widely read or informed as we were. Many have never seen a black and white movie and seem proud of the fact. They aren’t interested. Another possibility is their parents are not as informative. I was dragged to antique shows and gun shows and given constant input on the importance of this or that item at the time. I think later parents use video as a way off keeping the kids entertained while they go off and do things not involving the kids. I was fascinated by the fact my mom road a horse to school and the neighbor boys brought their rifles to school so they could hunt on the way home. (If they shot something the family had meat. If not, then no.) The past is fascinating. I wonder how they’d respond to the 45 rpm record player you could buy as an under-dash option.


12 posted on 04/15/2014 10:11:48 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: BRK

Ya. Apparently they still make cassette tapes.


13 posted on 04/15/2014 10:13:03 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: afsnco

[They’d really be confused by the 8 track player I had in my first car. ]

The hand crank wax cylinder on my boggy will really confuse them then....


14 posted on 04/15/2014 10:14:47 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Veggie Todd

As a kid in the 70s I remember being the remote control:
hey change it to 13
that’s loud turn it down a touch
and jiggle the rabbit ears see if you can get rid of that snow


15 posted on 04/15/2014 10:14:50 AM PDT by discostu (Call it collect, call it direct, call it TODAY!)
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To: Marie

Who remembers those 8 track players that looked like a dynamite plunger? I remember they came in colors like red and blue. I never got one, but I sure wanted one.


16 posted on 04/15/2014 10:16:13 AM PDT by BRK
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To: Gen.Blather
My son will complain that the special effects must be from the 80s if the quality isn't that great.
17 posted on 04/15/2014 10:16:55 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Disambiguator

I have an old rotary phone somewhere. It still works.


18 posted on 04/15/2014 10:16:59 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: BRK

Your post took me back to a warm place and time of my life. I fondly remember getting a Walkman in he sixth grade and being able to listen to my own tapes in the car on those painful 55 MPH road trips.
How far our country has come. . . and sadly GONE since those days.
I would trade all of the technology if it would reverse the police state that has come of it.
The real scary thin is thinking about the exponential nature of technology, and where we might be 5 or ten years from now.


19 posted on 04/15/2014 10:19:10 AM PDT by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: C19fan

This is not hilarious. Rather, this is sad.


20 posted on 04/15/2014 10:19:13 AM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: C19fan

If we wanted to watch Ed Sullivan at 8:00 we had to turn the set on at 7:57 so it could warm up.


21 posted on 04/15/2014 10:19:57 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Gen.Blather

Most of the record players that went in cars in the fifties were a special format-17 rpm and choice of music titles were very limited. they had the right idea but the technology wasn’t quite there yet. BTW if you see one cheap, grab it. classic car guys will pay top dollar for a working one in good condition.

CC


22 posted on 04/15/2014 10:20:30 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: dhs12345

“My son will complain that the special effects must be from the 80s if the quality isn’t that great. “

The TV station run by USF showed silent movies on Saturdays. I was fascinated. I’ve probably seen more Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin than people in the ‘20’s did. Were they hokey? By today’s standards, sure. But I can see it trough the eyes of some farm kid who came into town and blew an entire dime on a matinee, drink, popcorn and a box of candy.


23 posted on 04/15/2014 10:20:47 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Celtic Conservative

Oh, my. I had no idea they were a special format. That’s why the Beltones sound like they’re on speed!


24 posted on 04/15/2014 10:23:34 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: C19fan

And some “elderly” people have no idea what an iPhone is.


25 posted on 04/15/2014 10:23:48 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: BRK

Remember having to put the little plastic plug in the center of 45’s to get them to play on the record player? Or blowing dust and cat hair off the needle?


26 posted on 04/15/2014 10:24:13 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Gen.Blather

They are from the first generation that has had entertainment developed specifically for them. They are totally isolated from the culture we grew up in.


27 posted on 04/15/2014 10:26:24 AM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: C19fan

I still have one. Bought it at the Going Out of Business Sale at a local Sony Store.

As I tell the guy from the cell phone carrier when he tries to sell me a smartphone with a data plan, “I’m perfectly happy living in the 80’s”.


28 posted on 04/15/2014 10:27:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Little Ray

Do you want to sell it?


29 posted on 04/15/2014 10:30:20 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: afsnco
In the early 60's a friend of mine had a 45 rpm player in his car...fit over the center console..had a spring to keep the arm pressed down on the record. IF/WHEN it worked, you wore out a needle AND a record after a few plays...most time it didn't work..bumps and potholes would make it jump and skip all the time..

this isn't quite it..this is a more complex model

30 posted on 04/15/2014 10:31:11 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Celtic Conservative
I saw an old Dodge at a car show a few years ago that had one and the window sticker to prove it was original.
31 posted on 04/15/2014 10:32:04 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: dangerdoc

“They are from the first generation that has had entertainment developed specifically for them. They are totally isolated from the culture we grew up in.”

Oh, my gosh! You’re right. Frankly, entertainment is now so bad I haven’t had a TV since the OJ trial. But, as you point out, entertainment is aimed specifically at an intellectually stunted group.


32 posted on 04/15/2014 10:32:29 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: C19fan; All
I found it...it's a riot.. Kids react to rotary phone ENJOY!!
33 posted on 04/15/2014 10:33:30 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Veggie Todd
We used to have to get up and walk over to the t.v. to change the channel.

Uphill both ways!

34 posted on 04/15/2014 10:34:11 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Gen.Blather

I think it’s just technology changing much faster now. When we bought a new stereo when I was a kid the primary differences from the old were that it was smaller and nothing was broken. All the main “parts” were the same, LP player, 8 track, AM/FM radio, RCA jacks in the back. We got a new car it had all the same stuff in all the same places as the old one. The previous poster mentioned the cartoons, the stuff in my house was basically identical to the stuff in the 30 year old Tom and Jerry cartoons I watched.

Now it’s just not that way. Things change now very rapidly, 10 year old stuff is ancient, and there’s no longer a reason to keep the old stuff around. These kids don’t know what a walkman is because nobody their related to has owned one in their lifetime, hard to learn about things you’ve never seen. The rubberband is moving very quickly and the old stuff is winding up in the trash. Not really worth keeping it around just to show your kids what personal music devices looked like before they were born.


35 posted on 04/15/2014 10:35:05 AM PDT by discostu (Call it collect, call it direct, call it TODAY!)
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To: C19fan
Remember its replacement - the Sony Discman? So much for using it on the go - the first models skipped terribly whenever it was moved!


36 posted on 04/15/2014 10:36:32 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: C19fan
operating clunky buttons

Clunky? CLUNKY???

First, that doesn't even mean anything.

Second, chronological bigotry is repulsive regardless of who's doing it.

37 posted on 04/15/2014 10:37:13 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: C19fan
A younger buddy of mine bought a used motorcycle a few years ago. I got a call from him when he could not get it running. Ends up he had never had a vehicle with a carb and had no idea what a choke was.
38 posted on 04/15/2014 10:37:29 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: Veggie Todd
We used to have to get up and walk over to the t.v. to change the channel.

We used to have to walk uphill through the snow to change the channel.

39 posted on 04/15/2014 10:38:08 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: discostu

When was the last time you had to deal with a picture that rolled? Seems like a lifetime ago. Glad that’s a thing of the past.


40 posted on 04/15/2014 10:41:35 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (I am proud of what America USED TO BE.)
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To: VanDeKoik
The pace of change has definitely been accelerating.

When I was growing up in the 1970s, I was still able to play 78 rpm records in my home even for decades, 45 and 33 1/3 (LPs) had become the norm. I also had a 1950s era Royal typewriter on my desk that I used for homework and my parents had this old Zenith black and white TV set from the mid 1960s - they didn't replace it until 1982! Back then, everything was expected to last.

During the 1980s and 1990s, I invested thousands of dollars in building an compact audio disc library as well as a VHS video library. At the time, I thought CDs and videocassettes were going to last for a hundred years and I'd be handing them down to my children. Now my kids laugh at them and I'm lucky if I can sell them for pennies on the dollar on Ebay.

Now even MP3s and DVDs seem outdated. For a few dollars a month, you can stream just about any song ever recorded and very quickly video content is going the same way.

41 posted on 04/15/2014 10:42:42 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

Kids these days don’t know how good they have it.


42 posted on 04/15/2014 10:43:29 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: NorthMountain

They were clunky buttons, and yes it does mean something:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/clunky?s=t
awkwardly heavy or clumsy: clunky metal jewelry; clunky shoes.

They were huge and had to move mechanical parts around in the item so you had to put force in them and make sure you got the appropriate clicking sounds. Pretty much the definition of clunky. It’s not bigotry, it’s admitting reality.


43 posted on 04/15/2014 10:44:53 AM PDT by discostu (Call it collect, call it direct, call it TODAY!)
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To: C19fan

These are always fun, and I suspect the kids are chosen for their cuteness rather than their tech savvy. But at their age, I was not only tearing about 10-50 year old technology but understood how it worked and could built it from scratch. This generation can’t even find the freakin’ cassette slot without help.

Better hope the interwebs keep on a running kiddies....


44 posted on 04/15/2014 10:45:22 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Genoa

And if you lived under the landing path of a plane, the picture would sometimes get wonky.

Come to think of it, no kid would even know TV-related stuff like UHF and VHF dials, what V-Hold is, or what a “floor model console” TV looks like.


45 posted on 04/15/2014 10:45:46 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Little Ray

Do you remember the Princess rotary phones? They were smaller and available in pink. They were around back about 1962.


46 posted on 04/15/2014 10:46:59 AM PDT by forgotten man
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To: Alex Murphy

I have one of those that requires a huge case that you had to dock the “portable” player inside in order to actually take it away from a wall outlet. I think it ran off of 4 C-sized or D-sized batteries.


47 posted on 04/15/2014 10:47:43 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Gen.Blather

We don’t have cable and we generally sit down as a family to watch things on TV, which may be broadcast, streamed or a disc but it generally has to be something as least a few people are interested in watching.

The result is that my kids have at least a passing exposure to media not designed specifically for their demographic. My teenagers are just starting to realize how little their friends have been exposed to.


48 posted on 04/15/2014 10:48:27 AM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: VanDeKoik
And if you lived under the landing path of a plane, the picture would sometimes get wonky.

I have digital rabbit ears and that still happens!

49 posted on 04/15/2014 10:49:12 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Gen.Blather

Wow. Exactly.

I seriously wonder if all of this modern technology is good for us. I often wonder what I did without it when I was growing up. I was happy and a lot less stressed.

It has to be especially hard on kids.


50 posted on 04/15/2014 10:49:34 AM PDT by dhs12345
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