Time machine

If we could somehow transport an American through time from 1960 to 2014, she would have little trouble adapting to everyday life and surprisingly little reason to be surprised—-except in the areas of media and communications. As she walked along the streets, she would be puzzled to see many of the passers-by holding miniature walky-talkies to their ears or listening to music through headphones attached to tiny transistor radios. If she visited a home, she would find impossibly small computers everywhere—in a father’s or mother’s home office, in the children’s bedrooms, perhaps even in the kitchen. Occasionally she might find the family watching television together, but it could now be an enormous flat-screen of astonishing clarity with hundreds of channels.

But nothing in our media culture today would mystify a visitor from 1960 more than social media such as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.


About jdbolter

Student of media history and new media practice

Posted on July 29, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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