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15 Mar 2015, 7:52 pm

I know that every generation has something to b*tch about. I just think that my generation isn't as good compared to the ones that came before mine. I wish more people my age will fave this fact someday. I think technology is making life too easy. Pretty soon, there will be no more live radio or TV, like what's now happening with newspapers and printed letters. It's nice to be nostalgic, but what's the point when the low-cost tech choice is driving the other alternatives up? It's a shame to me that nobody even buys things like VHS or cassette, or enjoys shopping anymore. I am very skeptical of those who tell me they will always be others like me. They are lying out of their asses. :(



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15 Mar 2015, 8:02 pm

Yeah, you guys suck.

On a brighter note, vinyl LPs made a comeback.

So, all might not be lost.
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15 Mar 2015, 8:09 pm

Robocop on vhs is one of my favorite movies. I buy used vhs tapes a lot.
Just about a month and a half ago I found an original US release of Godzilla vs King Ghidora, even had the original sleeve! Sad thing is it had tangled up n someones vcr so it had a bunch of krinkles in it that cause it to be unwatchable :(


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15 Mar 2015, 8:45 pm

Concerning VHS tapes, I find that they don't hold up at all. :(

I had a huge collection, but they all oxidized and were rendered unplayable. It's a horrible and disappointing technology, if you ask me. :x


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15 Mar 2015, 11:24 pm

I just bought a VHS player at a thrift store I go to, and I have quite a few VHS tapes...I also have vinyl records, cassette tapes and the means to play them. Regular radio and T.V has been disappointing me for a while, too many commercials for T.V and on the occasions they do play good music on the radio they just over-play the same couple of songs I certainly prefer internet streaming for both of those.

As for physical paper...I think it should only be made out of recycled material and hemp, and since much of the time its not I am not entirely disappointed that physical newspapers/magazines/mail is becoming more minimal and being replaced with email, online news, ect. I just don't really think all the issues have everything to do with this generation its the past ones who have helped society and the world become the way it is....and it hasn't all been for the better, this generation is kinda stuck with that. Also doesn't seem like there isn't anything left that hasn't already been done...I mean how many new movies/shows are a remake of an older movie or show? from what I see it seems to be a lot.

Cannot say I particularly enjoy shopping...in general, but some things I certainly prefer to go buy in person than over the internet, or things that cannot really be replaced like headshops, record stores and thrift stores, there is no satisfactory internet version of that at least in my opinion.


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16 Mar 2015, 11:35 am

K_Kelly wrote:
I know that every generation has something to b*tch about. I just think that my generation isn't as good compared to the ones that came before mine.


Your generation is just fine. Every generation has challenges specific to its time.

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I wish more people my age will face this fact someday.

By the time your generation is old enough for wise perspective, there will be another younger generation with challenges unique to 2040, whatever those will be. Your generation will seem both better and worse, depending on the specific challenge being looked at.
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I think technology is making life too easy. Pretty soon, there will be no more live radio or TV, like what's now happening with newspapers and printed letters.

The things that technology is making too easy is definately one of the challenges faced by your generation. One of the things that I think has become scarily too easy is how technology has made it easy for personal information about you to disseminate, sometimes world wide. My generation never had to deal with cyberbullying, twitter hate campaigns, legal fallout from sexting or losing a job because of things posted on social media. These things just didn't exist and now we are too old to really get caught up in them. Your generation has a huge "no privacy because of technology" challenge to deal with. Some are dealing with it well. Some are being crushed.
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It's nice to be nostalgic, but what's the point when the low-cost tech choice is driving the other alternatives up? It's a shame to me that nobody even buys things like VHS or cassette, or enjoys shopping anymore. I am very skeptical of those who tell me they will always be others like me. They are lying out of their asses. :(


There really will always be others like you but that market will be increasingly niche, driving the price up even more. If it's any consolation, every generation has nostalgic revivalists who look backward to previous generations for inspiration and sometimes actual stuff. It is quite likely that the media you love will be revived (in limited quantities) by nostalgic revivalist future kids. But it will always be in limited quantities because the mass market for it really is gone.



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16 Mar 2015, 11:45 am

I still have a VCR and I am not sure what happened to my other one. We still have our VHS tapes. But it's not hooked up right now. I still have my cassettes and my parents still have their old records and we have a record player but it needs a new needle. They have started making them again, same with records. I have seen old game systems get made again but you have to find them in certain stores. they are not exactly the same but they are made to play old video games and they wait until the patent expires before the companies start making their own game systems to play the old ones and start remaking the controllers again.


For generations, people have always hated new technology and found the future scary. but just think about it, you will get old and you will have interesting stories to tell about your past and how you used to do things and what you used to do for fun before they had X and Y. If you ever have children, you will get to tell them about your childhood and how things used to be done and what they didn't have when you were a kid. My parents hung onto their records and 8 tracks so I got to see an 8 track and hear them. I have never seen they play any records because their record player didn't work anymore. My son just asked me this weekend what a VHS tape was despite that I have played some when he was a baby. I showed him some at an antique store and told him that is what we had before there were DVDs.


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16 Mar 2015, 1:12 pm

I think the truth is, when the older generation looks back they tend to remember trend to remember the good thing that overlook all the bad things.

Dissatisfaction, is a sign of having a high standard. I doesn't necessarily mean things were always better in the past.

For instance crime and violence. It is matter of historical record that that trend it is reducing over time and all the fluctuation iron out of longer periods, but the perception is often the opposite.



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16 Mar 2015, 1:28 pm

I feel sorry for young people in today's world. I'm British but guess it's the same in the States, in the 70's you could take a walk on the wild side, learn a little about life, then straighten up if you liked or stay on the wild side. The wild side was a lot safer then, though the big Wild was available if you really wanted it. It always is, but in the 70's you had to actively choose danger.

What I feel the younger generation needs is more rebels, but being a rebel is much more risky these days, society no longer tolerates people having their wild years then settling down. Was thinking about Trent Reznor as a good example of worthwhile rebellion, but just googled him and he's nearly 50 now - which shows you how much of an old 'un I am if I call him young.

I like to think of myself as a kind of Daddy Slipknot figure, and I bet I'm out of date in that.

My generation isn't really that great either - we grew up to provide some hideous politicians.



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16 Mar 2015, 5:38 pm

The mass use of VCR's didn't occur until I was in my 20's. There was something called a "Betamax" which one family on my block had in 1977. It weighed 40 pounds, and it could only program one movie at a time (I believe). VCR's as a "trendsetter" lasted until the early 90s.

Until my 20's, all we basically had, for the most part, were 7 or 8 main channels, plus "UHF" channels which were difficult to access without an excellent antenna. In the 70's, a few urban, and a few isolated rural, locales had cable TV.

We had stereos, combined with record players. "Quadrophonic" sound was a big deal. "Quadrophrenia" was a very popular movie which The Who produced.

The Internet didn't really start reaching mass audiences until the mid to late 90s. When the World Wide Web was combined with other Internet elements, that started the "revolution."



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16 Mar 2015, 9:08 pm

I look back nostalgically at the first half of the 20th century. Things were simpler, crime was not so in your face, people would leave their doors unlocked, romance was sweet and innocent, girls were girly and men were manly, cars didn't have computers, a family could live off one income, crass commercialism was a novelty not an industry, people were honourable, decent and civic minded, and that's just scratching the surface.

But.....

Racism and sexism were rampant, people were insular, minorities had little hope of being part of the majority, if you didn't believe in God then there was something wrong with you, medicine was verging on barbaric, anyone with a neurological condition was treated like a leper, pregnancy out of marriage was shunned, homosexuality was illegal, cigarette smoking was encouraged, species were going extinct for sport, and privilege was according to breeding.


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16 Mar 2015, 9:20 pm

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I look back nostalgically at the first half of the 20th century. Things were simpler, crime was not so in your face, people would leave their doors unlocked, romance was sweet and innocent, girls were girly and men were manly...


"By the way Glenn Miller played,
songs that made the hit parade,
guys like me, we had it made,
Those were days,
And you knew that way back then,
Girls were girls and men were men,
makes me yearn for a man like Herbert Hoover again ..."


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16 Mar 2015, 9:52 pm

Yep...Archie and Edith sang that!



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16 Mar 2015, 9:54 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:
Yep...Archie and Edith sang that!


Quite right. Nostalgia always makes me think of them singing that song ...


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16 Mar 2015, 10:18 pm

Betamax - ahhhh, I clung on to it for years, to the very end, driving all over the NW of England to buy old secondhand ones for about 15 of our British pounds.

Despite all kinds of prejudices at large, people in general appeared more innocent in the 60's and early 70's and there was a lot more sense of community around. However, if you got on the wrong side of a community, they would happily make your life hell.



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16 Mar 2015, 10:19 pm

The old days had some things rocks, caves, fire, but the world started with Windows 95, a CD burner, and dial up.

I was fifty when the world started, and everything that went before can just die.

Most of the current uses of the real world can also die, they are but fads.

The root of technology bypassing mobs of smelly hairless ground apes and connecting directly with what you are looking for will last.

The mental potential of the Internet exceeds all the things we had. I used to hunt knowledge in books, and the latest were several years behind. I took years to learn. Now, when I have a problem with a CG Program, a quick Goggle brings pages of others who had the same, and ways to solve it.

The problem is not with the era, the problem is a lack of goals.

You can learn, do, have anything you set your mind to. This poses the question in real terms.

Does your generation have any goals?