2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
If you were born in the 1990s or earlier, get ready to feel a twinge of nostalgia mixed with a heavy dose of “Oy, I’m getting old.” In the latest episode of “Kids React,” a YouTube series created by the Fine Brothers, kids ages 6 to 13 react to a Walkman.
Needless to say the kids are rather confused by this once revolutionary technology. Only one out of the 12 kids knows what the portable cassette player is, or what a cassette tape is, for that matter. (“Are these like in the movies?” 9-year-old Krischelle wonders, when faced with a cassette.)
As amusing as the video is, it is incredible to see how far technology has come over the last three and a half decades. The kids clearly preferred their iPhones as a playing device. “I feel so lazy saying this — you have to actually do stuff,” 12-year-old Elle remarks about the Walkman playing process.
Walkmen were devised by engineers at Sony in 1978, and were introduced to the Japanese market in 1979. The cutting-edge technology revolutionized music by making it conveniently portable. (Mine, for the record, was royal blue, had a convenient hand-strap, and generally blasted No Doubt.) Walkmen were ubiquitous until the brief rise of compact disc players, and the eventual takeover by MP3 players.
Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Sarah Gray.
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