Of all the technologies that have gone extinct in your lifetime, which one do you miss the most?
There are actually many that are missed.
Although I never want to return to using a typewriter, when typing there was a certain rhythm to it, as if it were trying to make a melody. The same was with the cashiers at grocery stores; dat, dat – dat, dat – daaah and so on. They were melodic rather than the beep, beep, beep, beep, “Please slide your card or stuff your cash in the slot.” (comparing Vivaldi to rap) I liked the sound of the rotary phone. I suppose if never growing up with those things younger ones have difficulty assessing what it means. Sometimes when watching an old black and white movie from the 50’s I close my eyes and listen. And I miss Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Gregory Hines; replaced with what? Mily Cyrus – twerking! I’ll take tapping to bump and grind any day.
My short story today is about a new technology, texting; Some Things Are Lost In The Text.