Week 10: Tuesday Reading

In the article there were several pieces of technology that I didn’t know where in the media. This could be due to the fact that most of them occurred when I was either not born or when I was too young to remember them. I think that only thing in the article that I was old enough to remember was the introduction of the iPhone. However, I did not have a phone at the time and was still many years away from getting one. The rise of the iPhone did not affect me. Even when I did finally get a phone, it was still a slide phone and we didn’t have a data plan. I did not get any form of smart phone until I was a junior in high school. I have learned about several of things mentioned in the article afterward though. One of them being the original cell phones. My parents love to tell me that “back in my day, cell phones came in a bag and were called bag phones.” The other notable technology piece in the media that I know about is Y2K. I have watched several shows that deal with the Y2K scare. A medical drama titles ER that follows doctors working in a Chicago ER portray the Y2K scare. Part of an episode deals with a nurse trying to deal with the fact that News Years Day is approaching and their computers were not ready to handle switching to Y2K in the episode when the nurse tries to trick the computer into thinking that it was 2000 results in all of the files being deleted. However, I have no direct memory of this event since I was only 2 years old when Y2K happened. All I know is what I have been told after the event and everyone realized that there was nothing to worry about.

Baratti, Alex. “The 25 Most Memorable Tech Moments in Pop Culture History1. The Y2K Scare.” Complex. Last modified May 10, 2013. https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/05/the-25-most-tech-memorable-moments-in-pop-culture-history.

2 comments on this post

    Emma Baumgardner

    I think it’s funny that you bring up our introduction into cell phones through your flip phone not having data. I remember on my first phone the fear that I had whenever I accidentally clicked on the internet icon because I was scared it would charge our plan. We were still buying our plans by the text amount and the number of minutes we had for phone calls. I too did not get a smart phone until Junior year of high school, and that was a total game changer. I now felt this need to keep up with others in a way that I hadn’t before, and I think that’s attributed to the fact that I could now see what everyone was doing outside of class.


    Jasmine Alanis

    I was also a Junior in high school by the time I had a smart phone. My parents wanted me to prove that I was responsible enough and could keep track of a very simple flip phone before they were going to invest in a smart phone for me. It is interesting how our now “everyday tech” has a prominent memory to us when it finally/first arrived in our own lives.


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