Saturday, August 27, 2005

I already said that.

The latest issue of Radar has a column about all the fuss about iPods changing our lives dramatically.

Are iPods really responsible for the fragmentation of American and the decline of social intercourse? "The iPod people," said the New York Times, are "corked off from reality by their ear buds." How dare you fiends listen to music! "As for the Walkman," said Fortune, answering the obvious question raised by iPod sociology, "it never impacted behavior... quite the way the iPod has."
Funny, that's not what they said back in the early 80's. Indeed, there's very little that people have written about the iPod that wasn't claimed of the Walkman 25 years ago. "They've become an everyday part of American culture," the Washington Post gushed in May 1981, "not to mention an indisputable index of hipness." Celebrities used them - Suzanne Somers! Vitas Gerulaitis! - and members of the club would tip headphones at one another, "like Mercedes Benz owners honking when they pass," one devotee told the Times. "The Walkman has become so pervasive that it may help define a new style of music," said the Post. But there was a dark side, too. The Walkman was "insidious," the Post warned nine months later, "a potent symbol of an antisocial electronic future."

Hmmm... sounds familiar.


Blogger Cheryl said...

Hmm I dont know
The biggest inpact that walkmans had on society was the way they inspired normal people to dream of homicide - wanting to get hold of the little moron at the back of the bus whose music base line was thumping out loud, tinny and clear, and throttle him/ram the cassette tape down his throat.
At least i-pods seem less invasive.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

or impact. It does help if I try to spell.

Nice post!

11:37 AM  
Blogger jane said...

tipping headphones at one another? lol
that suzanne somers is nuttier than a fruitcake!
tarzan is getting an ipod i think. we have yet to even get a cellphone if you can believe that.

what concerns me about all of this is we're socializing with our peers around us less & less. the person on the bus or the lady at the market. everybody on their cellphone or listening to some device. i just love talking to people or saying 'hi' to strangers still. i don't want to lose that simple pleasure. not yet at least.
great post!!

6:11 AM  

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