[LMB] OT: Fun
howard at brazee.net
Fri Apr 3 18:21:03 BST 2009
Elizabeth Holden wrote:
> Since I tend to think of everyone I know as being age-free, sometimes there's a moment of shock. Not too long ago I was chatting to someone about fanfic and I told them I used to be an X-Files fan. They said they had been too young to watch X-Files. I did the arithmetic. X-Files seems to me like *yesterday*. That isn't perspective, that's... wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff. I thought of this person as my contemporary. Misleading.
That's interesting - I consider myself too old to be an X-files fan.
It came out way after I was a big TV fan, and I never was much of a fan
of filmed SF. I've never seen X-files.
I went to see the play _Mama Mia_ and recognized one song - but the
audience was full of people who recognized every song.
I believe most people know music of previous generations, but few people
know the music of subsequent generations.
I was surprised that my kid sister didn't know of lots of old movies.
She grew up in between the age of The Early Show, and Cable - her
opportunities to watch Edward G. Robinson were limited.
My grandmother remembered the first time she saw a car, the first time
she saw a telephone, the first time she heard a radio, the first time
she flew to a foreign country, and watching live broadcasts of men
walking on the moon. I don't see cultural shock any bigger for current
generations than for hers.
I wonder what technology shock is like for Miles - or for that matter
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