Skip to comments.Is it a phone? The hilarious reactions of baffled children presented with a Sony Walkman..
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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There’s another one of kids being shown a rotary phone. It’s a hoot..
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.
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.
They’d really be confused by the 8 track player I had in my first car.
We used to have to get up and walk over to the t.v. to change the channel.
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...
I believe it is all in the American History Museum. Definitely worth a visit.
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.
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...!)
“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.
Ya. Apparently they still make cassette tapes.
[Theyd 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....
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
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.
I have an old rotary phone somewhere. It still works.
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.
This is not hilarious. Rather, this is sad.
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.
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.
“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.
Oh, my. I had no idea they were a special format. That’s why the Beltones sound like they’re on speed!
And some “elderly” people have no idea what an iPhone is.
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?
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.
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”.
Do you want to sell it?
“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.
Uphill both ways!
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.
First, that doesn't even mean anything.
Second, chronological bigotry is repulsive regardless of who's doing it.
We used to have to walk uphill through the snow to change the channel.
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.
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.
Kids these days don’t know how good they have it.
They were clunky buttons, and yes it does mean something:
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.
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....
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.
Do you remember the Princess rotary phones? They were smaller and available in pink. They were around back about 1962.
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.
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.
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.
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