Far from being some kind of exercise in one-upmanship this article seeks to figure out why starting to be a ted nowadays will never be the same as it was in the 1950s or the 1970s.
Two of the biggest differences are the internet in cultural terms and mobile phones in social terms.
The internet as a medium of information and dissemination really took off in the early 2000s.
1949.Mar.31: The 45 rpm single record was first introduced by RCA Victor, one year after the LP record was introduced by Columbia. Both provided better sound quality and longer playing time than the 78 rpm that had been the standard.
Introduced as a replacement for acetate in the 1949, vinyl as a music medium was dead by 1992, replaced by the digital CD. The tape cassette which had become serious competion to vinyl by 1980 and had even overtaken it by 1983 before the onslaught of the digital CD also died as a music medium by 2002.
The need to keep a lot of CDs however disappeared as digital streaming downloads started to overtake CDs starting around 2004 (milestone innovations for enabling streaming were: Napster 1999, iTunes music store 2003, YouTube 2005, Spotify 2011).
Michael de Gusta 2011 source.
I first noticed the generalised use of mobile phones common in Britain around the year 2000 and the statistics bear this impression out since they show that in the three-year period spanning 1999 to 2002 the percentage of households in the UK with mobile phones jumped from 26% to 64%.
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