Saturday, May 12, 2012

will technology kill vintage collections?

During a recent discussion with friends we were talking about memories, and keepsakes. One friend was talking about her vinyl record collection, another mentioned that his kids loved looking through his collection of cassette tapes.  He even had a cassette player that still worked! It made me wonder... what collection of mine that my kids (the kids I'll have someday) would look back on and think of as vintage. Maybe CDs, Dvds, board games, or maybe even books, magazines, or newspapers?   With technology today we have all of these things run from one device! Will future generations even care to have these "originals"?  Will I keep mine and they'll one day become vintage?

My generation (generation Y) has had technology most of our lives, but the next generation (generation Z) will have had technology their entire lives!  Our generations have been spoiled with the innovations of some of the greatest technological minds.We are living in the mists of the technological age. Our generation is embracing rapid integration of newer technologies which are completely reshaping how we communicate, socialize, conduct business, make purchases, and entertain ourselves.   Everyday we use technology-- telephones, cell phones, televisions, radios, tablets, and personal computers. We even use some of these things while driving --whether its against the law or not. We are constantly multi-tasking and cramming as much as we can.
"I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user." -Bill Gates
We love our techy gadgets, our generation is becoming naturally tech savvy, and able to quicky adapt to technology.  We make our prior generation look like dinosaurs with their vinyl records, eight tracks, and cassette tapes.   What will our kids, or kids kids have that make our use of technology today make us look like dinosaurs?  Will technology kill these vintage collections?