Just remember, they’re going to get old too

My own moment when I’m teaching about structural unemployment, I always use as an example the “typing pool” which has zero meaning to every student I teach. Even the words don’t quite fit themselves into a coherent phrase from which they can conjure up an actual productive activity. I actually tried to buy a cassette player not long ago and they are nowhere to be had, not even in an op shop. Time I threw out my cassettes, I guess, but they’ll only go after I first get rid of my records.

As for the video, I like the way that “Walkmans” in the title is followed by the words “Portable Cassette Players” in brackets so it’s not all that certain that everyone who even watches this will know what it is or how it works.

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66 Responses to Just remember, they’re going to get old too

  1. nerblnob

    Get yourself a cassette digitiser.

    Typing pool.
    Switchboard operator.
    Bus conductor.
    Ostler.

    I can think of a few jobs I’ve done (only one of that list above) that don’t exist anymore.
    Some exist in name but the name is anachronistic and doesn’t describe the actual job any more.
    The result of these jobs disappearing has not been an increase in unemployment. I guess you point that out in your lectures somewhere.

  2. Andrew

    Cityrail ticket vendor

  3. Oh come on

    Cute video.

    I also saw they made this:
    Kids react to gay marriage

    This gross exploitation of children to push the gay lobby’s agenda is particularly sickening. Note the token “gay=bad” kid. He’s always challenged – why do you feel that way? Answer: I don’t know. That’s the great takehome for the gay mafia. For the rational world, he’s 5 years old, for fuck’s sake. He hasn’t even attained mastery over the base function of his penis, in that people are cleaning up the splashes every time he leaves the toilet.

    The walkman shit was cute, but the fact that these people are willing to manipulate children in an effort to further their ambitions – they are a fucking disgrace. I was going to pass that walkman crap on to others, but now I’m going to forget about it.

    Again, I actually think the SSM issue is perhaps the most overhyped piece of national distraction we got going now. In this instance, what I deeply, deeply object to is adults manipulating children to provide the answers that the adults so patently desired. And even the token anti-gay is not able to mount any kind of coherent response. Ummm perhaps because he’s 5 years old.

    Fuck those duplicitous pr|cks who are happy to dismiss the anti gay marriage argument based on the pigheaded, ignorant testimony of a five year old. Which is exactly the kind of testimony you’d expect a five year old to make, in that many of their opinions have been received from others and they lack critical thinking faculties.

    Personally, I don’t give a shit about gay marriage. Or any kind of contract between consenting parties. Yep, whatever, it’s your business, sign the contract and you can agree to call each other whatever you want, or treat each other in whatever way you choose, or enter into whatever business relationship you like. It’s between you two, though. Don’t expect that the agreement you made with each other is binding upon third parties, though. Yes, read the fine print. (And yes I would like all marriage contracts to look something like this.)

    It just disgusts me that the SSM lobby would manipulate children in such a way. Just an utter disgrace.

  4. Fisky

    It just disgusts me that the SSM lobby would manipulate children in such a way. Just an utter disgrace.

    After the revolution, there will be no SSM lobby, or any other lobby at all for that matter. There will only be supporters of the Doctrine, working in perfect unity to advance the revolution. And lots and lots of prisons for those who have been identified as Leftists.

  5. dover_beach

    It’s between you two, though. Don’t expect that the agreement you made with each other is binding upon third parties, though.

    Ummm, but the whole point of gay ‘marriage’ IS to bind third parties to the recognition of their relationship, incl. governments, churches, bakeries, florists, etc.

  6. Oh come on

    I’d argue that special prisons must be put aside to isolate those who have acted in strategically inculcating – brainwashing, even – the immature minds of children; thus rendering it much more difficult for these live subjects of Leftist social experimentation to make their own informed choices.

    This is an unthinkably heinous crime – the Left has psychologically exploited these children and stolen their intellectual innocence for their own ends.

  7. Oh come on

    Dover, why don’t you concentrate on what unites us, for fuck’s sake?

    Jesus.

  8. Oh come on

    Ummm, but the whole point of gay ‘marriage’ IS to bind third parties to the recognition of their relationship, incl. governments, churches, bakeries, florists, etc.

    Yes, their version. Not mine. Now can we please check our natural instinct for pedantry by the door and find some common ground here?

  9. Oh come on

    Dover: I get where you’re coming from regarding SSM. I really do. And, privately, I actually agree with you. Oh sure, if two guys came up to me and said they’d just got married, I’d say congratulations! Why? Politeness. Do I consider them married? No.

    The difference between me and you is that I don’t feel I have the right to tell two strangers that they should not be allowed to entered into contract that resembles a conventional wedding contract.

    We can discuss this, and I’m happy to. But, Dover, do you not love liberty? If you do, and I’m sure you do, we share a much more pressing common enemy – and it’s these fuckers who are brainwashing children from 5-13 into supporting their political agenda. This is the main game, you don’t think?

  10. Alfonso

    Come the revolution I’m going to miss old Landcruisers I can work on and keep operational. Good luck with the chipped modern versions that require specialist secret knowledge to repair and reboot, it’s a loss of independence that will come back to bite.

  11. CatAttack

    Hey I think SSM is inevitable and frankly I don’t care what people do in the privacy of their own homes.

    What I object to is the total lack of any reasoned debate. Its all well we are all like equal man.

    Well I don’t know if people haven’t noticed yet but men don’t have a uterus.

    So when two men decide to have a family there are some decisions to be made. So the man’s sperm for arguments sake is joined with the ovum of a woman from Equador and they implant the egg into some poor Indian woman. Admittedly these are the same arguments for any assisted fertility but if folk are going to demand this as a right its probably worthy of some debate.

    This is now becoming more complicated . Does it mean Gays can’t be good parents. No but it does raise issues that are a bit more complex than the fatuous level of debate to date.

  12. Splatacrobat

    Back in the late 80′s I bought an old restored 78 rpm wind up gramophone player (along with 1000 records). A beuatiful piece of furniture and a fun talking point. When we had parties I would crank it up and play all the hits from Glen Miller, Doris Day, Bing, Dean, and many more (as the record ads would say).
    These old style players had a needle that needed to be replaces every six or seven plays. I ran low of needles and went into Parlings one early Saturday morn in search of a box of replacements. I was greeted by a smiley young 18 year old and enquired about purchasing a box of 78rpm needles. At this time conventional electric record players were still being sold and behind the counter there was a whole wall of different brands of stylus needles. The young girl just stared at me and said ” a 78 player? . What is that?”

    I then went on to explain the model I had was a wind up type and had no batteries or connection to mains player.
    “WOW she says” Why would you have something like that?”
    I then said just jokingly well if for instance you were going to the beach and wasnted to play your favorite music on the sand with your friends you could!
    The young girl then said “COOL Why have I not heard of this player before? Is it new out on the market?
    I was only about 10 years older than the sales girl but it was at that moment I realised I was now in a different generation and the pace of technology was final.

    I just smiled and said maybe you could ask your manager to order some in, they’d sell like hotcakes.
    I eventually got my box of needles and walked away while the manager explained to the young girl the history of the gramophone.
    BTW I still have the 78 player today and my 1000 records. My kids love it when crank the old girl up with a few tunes.

  13. dover_beach

    The difference between me and you is that I don’t feel I have the right to tell two strangers that they should not be allowed to entered into contract that resembles a conventional wedding contract.

    No, that isn’t the difference, and they have that opportunity now with civil unions, and even before that for that matter. So far as our common enemies are concerned, I’m right beside you, however, this common enemy is threatening us on multiple fronts none of which can be set aside. Anyway, lets not de-rail this thread.

  14. CatAttack

    Apologies for the above. I reacted to the thread before engaging with the video which is very cute and clever actually. So where did the SSM argument come from again.

  15. Anne

    wedding contract

    Is that the contract you have with the Caterers?

    Can someone give me a brief précis of the Fisk Doctrine please.

  16. lotocoti

    The telex machine was pretty nifty.
    At least flashing and receiving still lives.

  17. Ubique

    If Labor can do Emily’s List, they and the Greens can surely impose a policy of a mandatory quota specifying that 50 percent of the population must practise LGBT. It’s sexual preference equity and we want it now.

  18. Demosthenes

    The Fine Bros have a great channel. Check out their Elders React series, where they show people 60+ modern music, video games and pop culture phenomena. A surprising number knew and liked Eminem.

  19. H B Bear

    If Sony was an Australian company you would have Labor and Kim Il-Carr advocating government “co-in vestment” for Walkman manufacturers and their unionised workforce.

  20. Baldrick

    No wi-fi, no keyboard, no touch screen, no digital camera, no smartphone, no apps to download, no memory, no social media and no iOS … so what is it? It’s a doorstop.

  21. johanna

    I repeat my whinge in the O/T a while back.

    My CD players (not cheapies) start malfuntioning after 3-5 years. Meanwhile, my Marantz turntable has delivered consistently for more than 30 years. The only thing I ever have to do is replace the rubber fanbelt-like thingie.

    I am not an “early adopter.” Let others waste their money, I say, and when it is proved to work reliably I may shell out my hard-earned. Hasn’t helped much with CD players, unfortunately.

  22. Sir Fred Lenin

    SSM is a marriage only in the eyes of the beholder,and the grasping lawtrades peoplw and venal political aparatchiki,WE NORMAL PEOPLE ,think its all BS. As for camps ,there is an alternative,deprive these entitlementers of AlL Taxpayer Funding,they will be kept VERY BUSY trying to earn a crust,with their lack of work experience. No more activitism!

  23. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Well I don’t know if people haven’t noticed yet but men don’t have a uterus.

    So when two men decide to have a family there are some decisions to be made. So the man’s sperm for arguments sake is joined with the ovum of a woman from Equador and they implant the egg into some poor Indian woman. Admittedly these are the same arguments for any assisted fertility but if folk are going to demand this as a right its probably worthy of some debate.

    +1

    So, as Dover suggests, let’s leave it at that here and not derail the thread.

    I am trying to keep our beach house as much ‘old technology’ as I can, so that we can truly get away from it all, at least sometimes. But it is a losing battle. The stuff keeps creeping in via media coms.

    I proudly renewed the stove the other day, to improve my cooking. I sought out the last stove in existence that has nothing but turn-on knobs; absolutely no flashing chips anywhere.

    Only burned ones. I am still getting used to it. :)

  24. James of the Glen

    Why were the kids given headphones? My Sony Walkman came with high quality ear-buds (12-20,000 Hz).

    And Miss Finger Jabber should never be allowed near any gear..

  25. Walter Plinge

    I had a portable cassette player decades ago, as did the kids (last generation to own one). Heavy on batteries. Don’t regret their demise one bit. My dual-tape player and tape collection went in the garbage a while back. Not worth a cracker these days.

    Can’t understand the current fascination with vinyl LPs. I guess those who currently like them didn’t grow up with them. I remember shouting at the kids not to run through the lounge while I copying an LP to cassette to listen to in the car. I’ve got a decent turntable but it’s only for digitizing obscure LPs in my collection (and from op-shops) that were never issued on CD.

    I’ll stick to my S5 with QC20s, thanks very much.

  26. Toiling Mass

    My father used to refer to the radio as the ‘wireless’, which I thought kind of a quaint word.

    People who say wireless are soooo lacking in technological savvy.

    (Do we have ‘facepalm’ emoticons?)

  27. Rococo Liberal

    Re gay marriage: it can’t be real marriage if you have to stick ‘gay’ or ‘same sex’ in front of it, can it?

    Next we” be having someone showing us a red card and telling us that the colour thereon is ‘heterosexual pink’.

  28. Rococo Liberal

    Re technology: I’ can’t remember the last time I bought or played a CD. CDs are for ripping into iTunes. You then play the music on an ipod dock, using a bluetooth connection. The sound is wonderful.

  29. My father used to refer to the radio as the ‘wireless’, which I thought kind of a quaint word.

    Oi !!!! Some of us do. Depends where you were raised. If everybody you ever came into contact with called it a “wireless”, why the hell would you call it a “radio”?

    Especially when a “radio” is that big thing in the station office, that is used to communicate with the outside world.

    Side note: I was once dropped/discarded by a (not very hot) chick way down in Brisbane, purely because I said “wireless” instead of “radio”. Unsurprisingly, this insipid specimen of c-grade chickdom wasn’t all that slim, was a schoolteacher (real surprise) and came from a dowdy public service/schoolteacher household in a middle class suburb.

  30. Infidel Tiger

    I prefer “tranny”.

  31. Toiling Mass

    SatP,

    Interestingly his father had an electricals shop in Sydney where he sold and repaired peoples appliances (don’t even go there, I. T.) so I assumed it must have been the normal expression.

  32. Leo G

    I actually tried to buy a cassette player not long ago and they are nowhere to be had

    A friend had a collection of Edison wax cylinders, and once asked me if I could find him a phonograph. Like you say, nowhere to be had.

  33. mareeS

    The 20thC will be fascinating for future historians.

    My (late) father-in-law was born in the year that manned flight happened in 1903, yet never flew in an aeroplane before he died in 2002. He had a part in engineering some of the most advanced war machines of WW2 but never saw service. His first telephone was connected in 1974. He died a happy centenarian with an interesting take on life (ie, he’d seen enough and didn’t need to see any more…he actually said “you can live too long” a few months before he died).

    It was a busy last quarter of the century for the spouse and me. He did a shooting war at 20, I did Catholic boarding school, we both saw out the last years of hot metal newspapers and the wonderful world of newsrooms on fire with typewriters going to deadline. We saw in the first years of computers, mobile phones, now our children aged in their 20s are the first digital generation who know little of their parents’ un-digital past. (I’ve just transferred most of our old CD music to Ipod. Can’t believe CDs were new in 1985, and our first mobile phone was a brick.)

    Technology, ya gotta love it. What’s next?

  34. struth

    What is most disturbing to me with this video is the pretentious behaviour of the kids.
    That kids don’t know what a walkman is , well hello, duh.
    Boring.
    Note how many of them show an embarrassment in not knowing.
    If they understood they were just kids, and not meant to know everything, they would not react that way.
    Instead we see the behaviour of children given too much “adult” too fast.

    The disturbing part of this video is the kids reaction, not the fact they don’t know what it is.

  35. mareeS

    struth, don’t blame the kids, they’re the victims of “Perfect Child Syndrome.” Blame the parents, give the kids a PCS disability pension because they can’t make it in the real world, and the parents will be entitled to a carer allowance. Perfect world for perfect people.

  36. stackja

    Gramophone record
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramophone_record

  37. sabrina

    It will be interesting to do a 7-up series with this batch of kids.

  38. manalive

    My (late) father-in-law was born in the year that manned flight happened in 1903, yet never flew in an aeroplane before he died in 2002 …

    That generation lived through interesting times, like from the Russian Revolution to the demolition of the Berlin Wall.
    Now that I can’t use my signature for credit card authorisation, I’m totally digitalised.
    Computers are great, iPads, iPods, the freedom to read and listen to whatever I want when I want it wherever I am. There is no doubt that those kids will see remarkable developments in life-enhancing and life-prolonging technology. It also has the potential to enable an Orwellian-style dystopia.
    Thirty five years, from the Treaty of Versailles to the Korean War armistice, the first Wright Bros. patent to the first piloted breaking of the sound barrier, from the Hindenburg disaster to the Apollo 11 moon landing, TNT to Hiroshima.
    Thirty five years, from the first Walkman to the 5th generation iPod touch, seems like yesterday.

  39. Viva

    Typing pool.
    Switchboard operator.
    Bus conductor.
    Ostler.

    Husband
    Wife

  40. Splatacrobat

    Typing pool.
    Switchboard operator.
    Bus conductor.
    Ostler.

    Husband
    Wife

    Y2K2 IT specialist
    Union member
    Global warming alarmist

  41. Splatacrobat

    My dad showed me how to make a crystal radio when I was a boy. We made it to fit inside a matchbox and it was tuned by sliding the inside of the box.
    I still have it and it still works.

  42. Steve D

    …at least while there are still AM radio transmissions… ;-)

  43. Steve D

    Casettes are what you use if you can’t afford to upgrade to a 1541 FDD.

  44. stackja

    Ex-soldier born 18 Nov 1922 uses Ipad for his email!
    Ex-Radar operator born 23 Aug 1924 emails his granddaughter!

  45. HK_Brother

    They seem embarrassed to not know something…A by-product of a politically correct, self-esteem cuddling system? They’re afraid to fail. There’s also that distinct pretentiousness characteristic they exhibit.

  46. Oh come on

    Anyway, lets not de-rail this thread.

    Yes sorry about that. I saw that ‘kids react to SSM’ video and then I…er… reacted. I just hate seeing children manipulated like that. I won’t watch any more of their crap – they’ve demonstrated that their unprincipled motives for making these clips and their willingness to direct the reactions of children in a highly dubious way.

    The disturbing part of this video is the kids reaction, not the fact they don’t know what it is.

    struth, don’t blame the kids, they’re the victims of “Perfect Child Syndrome.”

    Good points both. When I was a kid and I saw some unrecognisable piece of past technology such as a washing board or a clothes wringer, curiosity would have been my primary reaction. When informed of its purpose, sure I would have struggled to believe that’s how people washed clothes in the past. But it would have been borne from a sense of awe – it took THAT much time and effort to do the washing? Wow! And not like why don’t they just invent the washing machine already? Hello?

    But yes, as Maree says, don’t blame the kids. Some blame probably lies at the feet of the producers, too, who no doubt encouraged the kids to be snarky or whatever.

  47. stackja

    Oh come on
    #1271110, posted on April 19, 2014 at 5:45 pm
    When I was a kid and I saw some unrecognisable piece of past technology such as a washing board or a clothes wringer, curiosity would have been my primary reaction. When informed of its purpose, sure I would have struggled to believe that’s how people washed clothes in the past. But it would have been borne from a sense of awe – it took THAT much time and effort to do the washing? Wow! And not like why don’t they just invent the washing machine already? Hello?

    It was only the early 1950s! Again I am showing my age!

  48. calli

    There was a little boy and a little girl in that piece who were really switched on…they are the ones who will go far. The others…unless they can get over themselves…meh…fries with that?

  49. Bons

    Other dinosaur products:

    Influence peddler
    Bagman
    Branch stacker
    Purchaser of UN and NGO positions with other peoples money
    IR ‘lawyers’
    Public sector journalists
    Corrupt AEC plants
    Respected journalist
    Public school teachers
    Humanities departments

    What? You mean that you can still buy them. I didn’t realise.

  50. johanna

    When I was a kid and I saw some unrecognisable piece of past technology such as a washing board or a clothes wringer, curiosity would have been my primary reaction. When informed of its purpose, sure I would have struggled to believe that’s how people washed clothes in the past. But it would have been borne from a sense of awe – it took THAT much time and effort to do the washing?

    My mother used a copper and hand wound wringer to wash clothes and linen in the early 1960s. We were poor migrants and that was what poor people used.

    Nowadays, not having the latest phone is a marker of “deprivation.” The poverty entrepreneurs just keep raising the bar to ensure an ongoing clientele.

  51. Oh come on

    It was only the early 1950s! Again I am showing my age!

    Thats’ s quite literally a lifetime away for me, stack :)

  52. Infidel Tiger

    When I was a kid and I saw some unrecognisable piece of past technology such as a washing board or a clothes wringer, curiosity would have been my primary reaction.

    My Gran used a wringer and washboard until she died in 2001. She also used a compost heap and an incinerator until the green filth made her stop. Absolutely fascinating as a child to watch her do the washing. Took hours and hours, but it would have been madness to throw them away and replace them with some foreign contraption while they still worked. She was the last person I know of who put gloves on to go to town.

  53. stackja

    johanna
    #1271189, posted on April 19, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    When I was a kid and I saw some unrecognisable piece of past technology such as a washing board or a clothes wringer, curiosity would have been my primary reaction. When informed of its purpose, sure I would have struggled to believe that’s how people washed clothes in the past. But it would have been borne from a sense of awe – it took THAT much time and effort to do the washing?

    My mother used a copper and hand wound wringer to wash clothes and linen in the early 1960s. We were poor migrants and that was what poor people used.

    We must have been poor in the 1950s too! Did not notice it though!

  54. Oh come on

    She was the last person I know of who put gloves on to go to town.

    Hehe those kinds of values remind me of that Chrysler chairman who swore in the early 50s that he’d never build a car you couldn’t wear a hat in.

  55. Blindtadpole

    Steve, Kmart have combined cassette/record player doovies. Go grab one and convert to digital.

  56. Anne

    Wolfe.

    Thank you so much. Great stuff!

  57. Viva

    Other things you won’t see:

    Ice chests (big blocks of ice delivered)
    and soon…
    libraries with books?

  58. rickw

    Viva,

    Ice chest > Frozen Water Trade, believe it or not there were a couple of shipments of ice cut from the Hudson River during winter that made it as far as Sydney! The entire trade was finished off by mechanical refridgeration although the use of ice blocks persisted for some time until the refridgeration units became compact enough and cheap enough.

  59. Porcelain Monkey

    There’s a couple of Nakamichi tape decks on e-bay for a little under $12000, if that helps.

    Wringers, ice blocks, outdoor dunnies; can’t say I miss them.

  60. Yobbo

    A post about technology turned into a gay bashing thread within 3 posts. Must be some kind of record.

  61. struth

    Who was blaming the kids?
    That’s my point exactly. They are too young to be blamed.
    They are just kids. Their reactions can only be blamed on the adults in charge. What a sick society they are the products of.

  62. Oh come on

    A post about technology turned into a gay bashing thread within 3 posts. Must be some kind of record.

    I believe that third post was mine. How on earth could what I wrote be considered “gay bashing”? Check your hysteria, Yobbo.

  63. nerblnob

    I prefer “tranny”

    Ah yes, many a night I went to bed with a tranny. You try to tell the young people today – and they don’t believe yer!

    Stan Rofe under the sheets. The cricket from England.

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