Young people remember the old technologies

The herald

Shepherd Chimururi Youth Interactive Correspondent

Film Kodak, public address box, recorder, walkman radio, discman, minidisc player, MP3 player, flashlight, calculator, pinball, alarm clock, photo album, movie house, mailbox, camera, vinyl records, voice recorder and dozens more are some of the 30+ old-fashioned gadgets that today’s generation barely uses or has probably only heard of.

They have been destroyed by ever-increasing smartphone technology.

Listening to the younger generation reminisce about the technology they miss or have only just heard about, gives the impression that the ‘ama 2000’ as they are called have a deep sense of nostalgia.

No one can be mad at them, after all the smartphone that is their lifeblood covers their needs for education, entertainment, social and business life.

It’s a new culture.

In an interview with Youth Interactive, Price Gagno (21) criticized how technology has changed the way young people take pictures, communicate with friends and family, have fun and meet each other.

“For me, one gadget stands out. I really missed an opportunity to use a coin box for calls.

“From the stories I hear from my parents, it seems that life was fun in front of the phone booths, especially the long lines that gave people a chance to meet and socialize, unlike now when all calls are now done privately,” she said.

She added: “I heard there are also letter boxes in post offices where we post letters after sticking stamps.

“My parents showed me some hand-decorated envelopes with funny messages like ‘postman tamba (deliver) fast’ and ‘please kiss 100 times before opening.’ The older generation, yes they call us crazy, but their envelope messages are still unmatched.”

Desiree Tito (21) laments the outdated film performances of the ghetto community.

“Listening to older boys from our neighborhood talking about their adventures at Magandanga Hall in Mufakose makes me green with envy. I hear they even had Friday night shows.

They would meet girls there.

But now it is rare to hear people going to cinemas because everyone can download and watch a movie on their phone.

“However, on a family level, I still have a dream to use a legendary technology that caused problems for our family, which was called the compact cassette. We still have some in the family archives, but unfortunately the radio that played them is dead. From my research the cartridge was first introduced in 1968.

In the age of DVDs and USBs, Siphelani Mugwagwa (23) has a surprisingly strong attachment to the VHS tapes of his parents’ wedding, stored on the three-hour tape and typewriter his father used to type documents.

“My parents told me that when they got married, the VHS tape was the cutting edge technology. This was before the introduction of DVD. So far they haven’t been able to transfer them to disk.

“Now they are resisting more because they are afraid of losing the tape.

“In fact, they are proud because it is not affected by virus scratches. Whoever wants to watch the wedding plays it on the old surviving VHS player and it’s boring with a lot of rain and poor quality,” he said.

He added: “My father told me he used to aggressively type docs on a noisy typewriter that required strong fingers. This device will require vigilance and minimal errors because it will use Tipex to erase input errors. It was also made worse by the fact that there was no spell check or saving and reprinting of the document,” he said.

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