A field trip from August 2011 to August 1981 and back
John Bredehoft has a creative two-part post comparing technology in 2011 and 1981. Focus is on the change in portability – the ease of getting news anywhere and being able to reach someone anywhere.
“Do you need a phone?” asked Joe. He pointed to the wall. “There’s a pay phone right over there, but it’s a ripoff. They raised the charge from ten cents to twenty-five cents. AT&T is such a robber baron. They oughta break it up.”
What we have now, as heard by 1981 ears:
“No eye phone, no why fie, no Google Plus. Heck, no Google. Not even A Oh El. No Mac. No hard drive on an IBM P C.”