13-Year-Old Scott Campbell Reviews 30-Year-Old Sony Walkman
In the article below, 13-year-old Scott Campbell reviews a 30-year-old Sony Walkman, which uses a technology he'd be utterly unfamiliar with: the cassette tape. Campbell had all kinds of problems getting the Walkman to work, not even realizing that there's such a thing as "Side B", even though CD singles still reference the B-side.
Hilariously, he critiques the device's size, not understanding that, at the time, the Walkman was the the very bleeding edge of portable rock-out functionality. However, he also finds some aspect of the neolithic gadget that he likes.
1: Clunky buttons 2: Switch to metal (that's a type of cassette, not heavy rock music) 3: Battery light - usually found flickering in its death throes 4: Double headphone jack (not to be found on an iPod) 5: Door ejects - watch out for flying tapes and eye injuries
Also, cassette-based media (i.e. "tape" plays sequentially, as the tape is dragged across that little metal plate thingie. This means no shuffle function, which came to the fore with CD players, and whose apotheosis is in the iPod Shuffle.
Another notable feature that the iPod has and the Walkman doesn't is "shuffle", where the player selects random tracks to play. Its a function that, on the face of it, the Walkman lacks. But I managed to create an impromptu shuffle feature simply by holding down "rewind" and releasing it randomly - effective, if a little laboured.
I really liked this, and it'd be awesome if Campbell did a whole series of such stories: I want him to review rotary-dial phones, Those giant brick mobile phones, old-school action figures, the Atari 2600... you name it.