Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. As a man in his early thirties, I’m currently riding the first conscious wave of nostalgia within my lifetime. Contrary to popular opinion on the era, in the 80s I didn’t run around taking ecstasy in a field or particularly dislike Thatcher (apart from a particularly affecting Spitting Image I once stayed up to watch in 1988). Most of my memories involve an idyllic, sheltered upbringing in the countryside riding bikes and climbing trees. The most retro I could describe the experience is that I vividly remember the sound of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tango In The Night’ playing tinninly from a mangled C90 cassette in my mum’s Volkswagen Golf. But it wasn’t on our trips to the Miner’s Strikes or some body-popping convention, it was to school like the rest of my peers.
I’m no troll, but just this once I don’t agree with Charlie Brooker. He says “the single biggest advantage to the ebook… no-one can see what you’re reading”. True, but that doesn’t stop them wondering, and thinking the worse.
It goes back to that old adage: If you’re not doing anything wrong, what have you got to worry about? We don’t assume some chap with a balaclava just has issues with his acne, and similarly I wouldn’t think that whatever you’re secretly reading on the bus is anything less than the written equivalent of an act of terrorism. Or Alex Reid’s autobiography.
The worst-hidden nerd secret since ‘you can fix glasses using sellotape’ is about to be revealed. Apple will announce an exciting iTablet/iSlate/iPad in just a couple of days, which we’re lead to believe will shake up the home computing world, shaping the way we read e-books, music and video in the future. An excellent piece in The Guardian here speculates why, amongst other things, Apple’s keyboard-less wonder will be more significant than their nearest competitor’s attempts. Some are wary, pointing out Apple’s not-unblemished track record. The Apple Cube, and to a lesser extent the Apple TV were not the huge successes that they were intended. But even the now ubiquitous iPod and iPhones had their critics on release.