Twenty years ago, new consumer technology was usually easy to understand., like: Oh, it’s a phone without wires, so you can talk and walk around. Oh, it’s a Datasette for your VIC-20, so you can store Q*bert for later enjoyment while playing Radar Rat Race. Oh, it’s a crimper, so your hair will look crimpy.
Simple, right? Maybe they weren’t all great products, but they were pretty much self-explanatory. Even if you didn’t want one yourself, you could at least imagine someone who might.
Nowadays, when I see an ad for something new, I often have no idea what it is. So my husband explains what it does. Then comes the whole new question: why would anyone want such a thing? It’s not...READ MORE