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It’s Friday, So Why Don’t We All Go In To The Time Machine …
May 17, 2013, 6:11 am
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Yes, I know I’ve talked about time machines before and that turned out to be a rubbish post about digital radio’s, but this is better.

OK, so ‘better’ might be a bit of an over-statement, but it’s certainly got more cred in being a time machine than listening to TalkSport.

What am I going on about?

A brilliant – and entertaining – experiment on how technology has affected family dynamics.

I know … I know … tech has had a profound way on how we live, but as I’ve always said, for every positive, there is a dark side – regardless how much we like to dismiss it – and while I most certainly wouldn’t like to go back to the lack of comfort gadgets I enjoy today [which recently has been supplemented with this. Don’t ask. Just don’t ask.], the simplicity of maintaining family closeness is something I think we could all do with a little more of because as I wrote a while back, that’s something even Skype can’t quite pull off.

Anyway, as I know the majority of people who stupidly come to this blog work in advertising, I know you’ll have more than enough time to watch each hour long episode of how we lived – and how technology changed that – in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, so with that, sit back and enjoy but as you watch in amazement, please remember the following:

1. This is basically the story of my life, except that in terms of fashion, shoes & music, I haven’t moved on from the 70’s.

2. If you were born in the 80’s, you missed out on an amazing decade. Especially in terms of bicycles because the Raleigh Chopper and Grifter [both from Nottingham] rocked.

3. If you were born in the 90’s, you really shouldn’t be on this blog.

[You can watch the 80’s episode here, and the 90’s here]


32 Comments so far
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The chopper is the only good thing to come out of Nottingham. Except the M1.

Comment by DH

Boom Tish.

Comment by Rob

Just what I need. Something to make me feel even older.

Comment by George

I know, I felt that when I watched it. Especially when I recognised things like the ‘hoover’ … which was exactly the same model we had at home.

Comment by Rob

If it’s Friday…Why the fuck am I getting this on Thursday?

Comment by adscamgeorge

Is it because you live in Idaho and things are slower there? Except gun ownership of course.

Comment by Pete

You’re ahead of your time. Or is it slow? It’s too confusing for me to work out.

Comment by Rob

Because America is so ‘yesterday’ ….

Comment by Ian Gee

Has technology changed family dynamics or have families used technology to change it for matters of peace, convenience or reward. After all, they don’t call them the electronic babysitters for no reason.

I recently saw a study that said parents who use an iPad (sorry Baz) to manage the time and behaviour of their young children (3+) are negatively impacting their childs development speed. Similar to people who said Google was making society stupid, surely a fair proportion of the blame should be levelled at the individuals who choose this approach.

I have no children so I understand I am not best placed to comment, but I feel we often blame technology for our own shortcomings.

Comment by Pete

The chopper and grifter were icons of my youth. I never owned either, I just would watch them from afar with a mixture of envy and awe.

Comment by Pete

That’s fair comment Pete. But from the perspective of personal experience, I can tell you that with 3 young daughters, when we use technology to manage our children, it is not because of laziness but survival.
Everything in moderation.

Comment by George

Didn’t know you were so tough Pete. Everyone knows pissing on parents about their skills is the training ground for navy seals.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Good point Pete … even if it means you will incur the wrath of parents the World over. Or you would, if anyone read this blog.

Comment by Rob

Never forget… Friday is Kate Moss day on “AdScam.” Usually naked, smoking a fag and taking a pee… What the fuck is not to like about that?
Cheers/George

Comment by adscamgeorge

I’m concerned that time is passing slowly in Idaho – can’t think of any other logical reason for you reading this blog in the middle of the day.

Comment by John

I agree with John. It’s slightly scary.

Comment by Rob

My friend who worked on and presented this show will be delighted to know you enjoyed it – even if it must be two years old.

Comment by John

Make that 3.5 years.

Comment by John

I never said I was up-to-date on anything.

Except Birkenstock style and Queen news.

Comment by Rob

To be fair to Robert, 2 years is relatively recent for this blog.

Comment by George

Foiled by John’s speedy fingers.

Comment by George

Fair point – hence his “taste” in fashion and music.

Comment by John

Speaking of old technology, http://picturesofpeoplescanningqrcodes.tumblr.com/

Comment by John

What’s the 70s?

Comment by Billy Whizz

Your preferred IQ for dates?

Comment by John

The age of the women that would consider going on a date with you?

Comment by Rob

All women want me.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Yes. Arrested.

Comment by DH

Yes, things in Idaho are slow. Plenty of time to polish our guns and decide which of our close kin will be the lucky mother of our next brood. We watch the spuds grow and brew another batch of the world’s greatest vodka, as we plan our AdScam Friday’s (Gnarly Kate) and AdScam Wednesday’s (Heroic Hitler). You can’t rush perfection.
Cheers/George “AdScam” Parker.

Comment by adscamgeorge

This is a horror film.

Comment by Bazza

adscamgeorge – your last comment almost resulted in coke through the nostrils. Reminded me very much of Snowtown for some reason. *shiver*

Comment by Oz

Up to date on Birkenstocks style? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

Comment by Northern




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