Back Then…and Now.

Back Then
TV had only 5-6 channels, and all the shows were in black and white.
Now
Satellite TV has hundreds of channels, of which maybe 5 or 6 are worth watching.  Including the old black-and-white shows on Retro TV.

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Back Then
There were relatively few recording artists, and record albums were expensive.  Your entire music library might only consist of a few hundred songs, which you’d listen to over and over.
Now
You can download 10,000 songs for free on your i-pod, 99% of which you’ll never get around to listening to, even once.

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Back Then
Voicemail and cell phones didn’t exist.  If you missed a call, you missed a call.  And there was no way to get a hold of you.
Now
Now you can be contacted anywhere, anytime, 24/7.    By nagging spouses, pesky kids, or demanding bosses.  Isn’t modern telecommunication wonderfula

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Back Then
Each telephone rang with the same type of bell.
Now
There are thousands of ring-tones for your i-Phone,  including a popular ap for an old-fashioned telephone bell.

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Back Then
“Made in Japan” meant crap, and consumers preferred to buy things made in the Good Old  U.S. of A.
Now
“Made in China” means crap.  But we have no choice but to buy it, because the  Good Old U.S. of A” doesn’t make anything any more.

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Back Then
Correspondence was by snail-mail, which took days or weeks to arrive.  Letters took a lot of time and thought to write, and were mementos to be cherished and saved.
Now
With Twitter and Facebook, you can write to your friends every minute, and share crucial milestones in your life.  Like what you just ate for lunch, or how many virtual carrots you grew on Farmville.

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Back Then
While you attended meetings at work, that was considered part of your job and you did nothing else.
Now
With “Crackberries” , attending meetings is no longer good enough.   Now you’re expected to multi-task and check your email at the same time.

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Back Then
If you needed to prepare a document, you’d give it to the secretaries at the typing pool, after which you’d move on to do your other work.
Now
You’re expected to do the word processing yourself, as well as your regular job.   Secretaries are now “Administrative Professionals” and are considered to be above such menial work.

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Back Then
You might use 2 rolls of film for your whole vacation.  It took a week to get your film developed, and you’d put the 50 or so pictures into a photo album for others to look at.
Now
You spend half your vacation taking thousand of pictures, just because you can.   Which will sit on your hard drive,  never to be seen again.

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Back Then
Kids would waste too much time playing video games at the video arcade.
Now
Kids waste too much time on video games at home.   But at least the graphics are better.

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Back Then
Very few people had tattoos, except maybe sailors or firemen.  And even then, it was usually only a heart-shaped emblem on the bicep.
Now
There are 20-year old freaks everywhere, who don’t have any un-tattooed skin left.   We make reality shows about them.

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Back Then
Scientists were warning of an impending Ice Age, because the planet was cooling down.
Now
Scientists are now warning of flooding and drought, because the planet is warming up.

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Back Then
Putting a man on the Moon was often quoted as being our greatest achievement.
Now
40 years later, putting a man on the Moon is still quoted as being our greatest achievement

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4 Comments on “Back Then…and Now.”

  1. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Back Then

    Friar had a blog that was really funny.

    Now

    He still does.

    Eyeteaguy

    P.S. Firsties!

  2. Friar Says:

    Back then, Friar had a blog that people actually read.

    Now…some still do.

    YAY! 😀

  3. aliastaken Says:

    Give ’em hell, Andy.

  4. Friar Says:

    @Aliastaken

    Someone’s gotta do it.


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