“Back in my day!”

Cara Jones grew up in a suburb situated in Western Sydney called Orchard Hills. Growing up in a rural area with her mother, father, grandmother and five siblings, the television experience in their household was one where many memories were shared and created. Television has transformed immensely since then, and with the advancements in technology, it has altered the black and white screen that Ms. Jones was so familiar and fond of.

Cara described the television set evident in her household to be chunky, displaying black and white picture, where it had its own four legs rather than a television unit where most sat on top of or within. The antenna for the device was located outside; she also recalled that many of her friends had those that were located on top of the television. The memories of someone, most often her father, having to twist the aerial outside and herself and her siblings having to yell “STOP” once the reception became clear and legible. Before it’s introduction, radio was the family’s way of consuming media and communicative information. The excitement of a television within the household is one that brought recollection of her childhood where enjoyment was greatly present.

There are several clues that this television is outdated. This most obvious would have to be it's shape. The tv is rectangular like television sets today but it has four legs connected to it. Also the screen is very small and put on to the top right hand corner. It is also dated by the nobs on the bottom instead of having buttons. It is also dated by its brown color. Also it is much wider then the flat screen television sets of today. It is primarily outdated in it's form.: (Described television present in Cara’s household: https://au.pinterest.com/pin/156711262011079092/ )

The informal and quite laid back environment where Ms. Jones was raised in carried over to the experience of television she recalls dearly. The small house in which her father built homed only the single television and remembrances of her parents who watched the new every night and their frustrations to keep five children quiet while the program ran. ‘Kimba The White Lion’ and ‘Astroboy’ kept the youngsters at halt in the mornings where they all consumed the technology. As Cara got older she began to watch television more where ‘Hey Hey It’s Saturday’ was a favorite. She clearly remembers the time before being a teenager where she used to watch television with her mother during the night. The show ‘Number 96’ was mentioned to be a little more risqué whereby many other children’s parents would not let them watch it, though Cara’s mother made exceptions and was remembered to be less strict and open minded in those cases.

Reflecting on the conversation I had with Ms. Jones, a good family friend, I came to realize how much television was deemed to be an important component in houses just like Cara’s. I could tell as she spoke about her experiences that television not only provided content on the screen but also a sentimental value with family moments and interactions. The vibrancy in her voice increased as she shared fond memories of her youth. An emotional connection could be recognized between siblings and herself, and the time spent with her parents. The evolution of technologies were like huge events, she described the transition from radio to television and then again from black and white picture to colour, where excited loomed all around it’s speculation.

I do believe there is so much more to the television and how it functions, that it will too be as revolutionary to me as it was to my interviewee. How we branch our own thoughts with those generated by relatable and influential information. Through this, it allows myself to focus on entertainment and culture within our society revolving around technologies, which I do take for granted. The effects of this advancing world, on my thoughts and media space have become more aware after my exchange with Cara. We’re in an age where we can link hand held devices to large mediums and extract information from one area of the world to another. This continues a monumental change in technologies and people, which will allow for a better understanding of an industry’s effect on us as consumers.

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2 thoughts on ““Back in my day!”

  1. This is a very interesting read. I sometimes often wonder what would it been like to live in an era where something like a television was unheard of! Just the living in the moment and experiencing television in black and white for the first time would of been an experience!

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