I had to tell my son, Ethan, that this is what iPod’s used to look like. We had a blast playing this thing over the holidays. My in-laws love old music and gifted us one of my favorite items in our home: a 1900s Brunswick 78 record player that truly plays when you crank it up.
The jukebox is a great analogy to how times have changed. We have always been about making choices here in America. With the jukebox, you had to take turns and everyone else had to live with your choice. You were loved for choosing well and hated for picking the wrong side of the 45. With the iPod, you make the choice. The music you listen to might suck terribly, but you might never be bothered by others with that fact. You can download a song from iTunes (hopefully one of mine!) and go.
It used to be that the family watched TV together. We do. But, only one program, American Idol. My kids have stations and shows they watch. My wife has Lifetime Network. I have Fox News and the History Channel. (I admit to being a fanatic of 24). We have video games we play together, but my kids can go to their Gameboys and disappear while my wife and I are on separate computers paying bills, blogging, and even shopping. Don’t even start when it comes to diet. While I have eggs over easy, my kids are chomping on Poptarts.
What is better? I think the jukebox is cool, but the iPod can hold a warehouse full of jukeboxes.