Gadgets in a pre-digital age. Still from Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.

Apropos of nothing I got to thinking how the speed of life and pace of change has affected the way we communicate and consume so fundamentally that it’s easy to forget what the pre-digital age was like.

When I was growing up, getting a colour TV for the first time was a big deal. I’m 54 but I sometimes feel I was born in the 19th century.

This is no Luddite rant because I have happily embraced  many of the changes; I wouldn’t be writing this blog if I hadn’t.

The love of retro culture indicates that there are signs of a backlash but in reality there is no going back to the way things were.

Yummy!!?! Which is worse – this or the new spam?

So, do you remember the time when……….

  • all phones lines were on land.
  • when the only Spam came in tins.
  • when porn was restricted to the top shelf of the local newsagent’s.
  • when bookshops just sold books, not endless gadgets and novelty gifts.
  • you could count on there being a record store in the high street.
  • you had to trust the word of a travel agent.
  • music on the move mend lugging a pack of cassettes around.
  • if you missed a key episode of your favourite show, you missed it entirely.
  • you had to wait for a film to be developed to see your photographs.
  • you might go and see a movie purely on the strength of the poster.
  • cinemas had one screen.

Those were the days! Or were they?

Life may have been simpler in the sense that we weren’t bombarded by choice but now we have all these windows on the world which should make us less insular.

The danger lies in assuming that more information automatically means you are more enlightened.