Judith Whitehead lives in Amherst New York
( A suburb of Buffalo, N.Y.)and has worked
in the ophthalmology field of medicine for over 30 years.
The Extinction of the CD (Compact Disc)
I remember when I first heard the word CD; my babysitter was over when my son was about 3 yrs old, and he told me he was going to the store to get a new CD. I wondered what the heck he was
talking about because the only CD I Knew of was a place to put your money in at the Bank. After he explained it to me I was dumbfounded. What an invention!!
Now if we fast forward 30 years later I can’t believe they are talking about making less and less CD’s and not even having them in the new cars to use. Here we thought tape players in the car were amazing and now we won’t even have the option to
put a CD into the magic slot in the car dashboard and chill to the great music from one artist.
Back in the 1990’s my son cut his own recordings and put them on CD’s which was amazing to me.
Now the wave of the future is to plug your I phone into the car and play music from that or from 'Pandora,' a website that has music of your choice on it.
In my 60 years, I can’t believe how technology has advanced so quickly, mostly for the good and at the same time our internet hackers have improved their technique as well. We have learned by mostly experience, that greater protection of our
personal information is needed. With every good advancement comes dangerous technology at the same time.
I broke down and turned in my flip phone a few years ago and was willing to try an I phone. I will admit that I was reticent to give it up and didn't know if I could make the adjustment. It did not take me long to acclimate and before long the phone became another appendage to my body never leaving my side.
The constant flow of messages, and information keeps a hold on me and I am never without it. I am also amazed at the usefulness it brings to the table, especially if you have family that may need your help.
I can’t believe that I am saying this but I am one of those people that has to return to the house in the morning if I forget it. We even changed our house phone to the basic service since no one calls me at that number any longer; I can even say, I almost don’t remember the number if someone asks me…
I can only imagine what the future may hold in this line of technology. I still remember playing my 45 records on my little record player that I got as a holiday gift one year. When I say 45’s some young people of today have no idea what I am taking about.
They know what vinyl records are but can’t imagine the inconvenience of putting a large disc on a player that was not mobile to listen to music.
I hear that vinyl is becoming a collector’s item once again and are sold at Flee markets because they look so cool. The musicians that recorded those tunes will never be forgotten. Their music was about real life and true stories that don’t even compare to the tunes of today.
Some of those older artists are making comebacks because we long for that sound from the 60’s and 70’s that made sense back then.
As technology improves and moves us along, we must educate ourselves and keep up if we are to fit into this new world. There are new things to learn every day and no one is too old to try.
I work with patients that are in their 80’s and 90’s that have computers and take advantage of them. It keeps their
minds sharp and informed.
We must buy into the new technology or we will be left in the dust.
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