Observations of a bewildered uncle.

Recently I was spending some quality time with my 9-year old niece and my 7-year old nephew. There we sat on the couch in the living room with my niece to my left and my nephew to my right. I watched as my niece played games on her phone before she pulled up Pandora and began playing music from contemporary artists responsible for entries on today’s music charts. While I have never heard of these artists, I began to realize that this is the music she’s growing up with.

That got me thinking of the time when I myself was 9 years old. It was close to the end of the 1970’s, a time when cellphones and Internet access didn’t exist. I would get my musical entertainment from vinyl records, cassettes and 8-tracks. Video games were still in their infancy and the coolest home video game systems you could get were the Atari 2600 and Intellivision, to name a few. The graphics they had were as good as graphics got at the time.

I didn’t have my own radio until I was in junior high school during the early 1980’s, and it was then I truly became immersed in the music scene of the day. Van Halen, Madonna, Prince, Huey Lewis and the News and Michael Jackson were some of the artists who dominated the music charts. I still prefer music from that era today and am glad there are still radio stations that play the songs I myself grew up with.

Meanwhile, sitting to my right was my nephew who was playing with my phone. He found my Firefox app and used it to visit ABCya to play some educational games. This is the same kid who knows his way around YouTube where he likes to watch videos for children. Back in my day the only YouTube we had was The Tube, but that’s another story.

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