Thursday, January 29, 2009

In the Year Two Thousaaaand...

Andrew Sullivan posted this news report from 1981, about the early (early) days of online newspapers. It starts with a rotary phone, and only gets better from there:

Sullivan highlighted the topical phrase about not expecting to make much money (gulp), but this is what stood out to me: "Of the estimated two to three thousand home computer owners in the Bay Area . . ." Wow.

Even more entertaining is this video, produced in the late '60s, about the futuristic notion of "fingertip shopping." It includes this priceless line: "What the wife selects on her console will be paid for by the husband at his counterpart console." (The look on the husband's face while perusing the electronic bill is hysterical.) It also informs us of e-mail -- "an electronic correspondence machine, or home post office." Enjoy:


Blogger Dezmond said...

That's great. Where did we go wrong that we missed this future?

9:26 PM  
Blogger Kelsy said...

I love that the advanced technology perpetuates strict/stereotypical gender roles.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Robb said...

Isn't that Wink Martindale as the father unit?

1:18 AM  

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