Analogue tales

I was standing behind two teenagers waiting for a bus the other day, and one was telling the other about a get-together planned for that evening with some old school friends. ‘Wow’, said the other, ‘that’s so analogue Facebook’. I chuckled at the expression. But right now we can still laugh because even the two teenagers still had some point of reference to distinguish between a real life meeting and social media interaction. They also understood that many things digital have or had an analogue antecedent.

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But is the analogue world slipping away from us? Or is it more resilient than we sometimes thing? After all, vinyl records are apparently making a comeback. And I have set my Apple Watch (and yes, of course I have one) to show an analogue clock on its home screen. I still have (and use) a telephone on which I can really dial numbers.

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And in between reading stuff on my iPad, I still buy hard copy books.

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It’s not all gone.

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PS. However, all the above photos were taken with the iPhone 6 camera and edited with Photoshop. Hm.

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6 Comments on “Analogue tales”

  1. Wendymr Says:

    So I’m curious: do you also still have a typewriter? I seem to recall an old – practically antique even for the 1980s – one…

  2. James Fryar Says:

    For all our digital technology, the one thing that hasn’t changed is us – we’re still analogue.

    The last step in any of our technology will be to convert digital information into something our senses recognise. So analogue still has a future thanks to our ancient so-last-epoch brains.


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