Monday, February 25, 2013

The Original iPod Stroller

One day in first grade, I was walking home from the bus stop when I saw a kindergartener with a portable CD player. A kindergartener. Carrying what was supposed to be a big kid toy.
I was born in 1996. I didn't use the Internet until I was seven. I got my first iPod at ten and phone at fifteen. Aside from the phone, I never felt technologically deprived.
Now it's 2013. My nine year old brother had a 'game day' at school. Five kids brought iPads. Seven more had mini tablets. And my brother had I board game.
Sometimes I go to Target and see mothers entertaining their children with Angry Birds as they push them around in shopping carts. These infants know how to work an iPhone before their first birthday. And there are the kids who actually own iPods at the age of five. 
And you wonder why your kid knows more about technology than you do.
I like technology. Otherwise I'd be scribbling these thoughts to myself on notebook paper. But sometimes I feel like it's moving too fast. I mean, do we really need specialized iPhone holders? For babies? Exactly how many of those have been sold? You could probably buy the case, leave it empty, and your kid would have just as much fun.
Then I found this.

The year is 1921. The thing attached to the stroller is a radio antenna. As for the things inside the stroller...I'm not entirely sure those are humans. Maybe the woman just likes to read in front of her house while her dolls listen to music.
But the stroller can be used with real babies. And a radio is the 1921 equivalent of an iPod. So the changes that have been bothering me? Not exactly new.
A lot of things change.

A lot of things don't.

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