It reminded me of this bullshit I saw on Tumblr awhile back:
Anyone who prefers VHS to DVD and Bluray is a fucking putz, plain and simple. Did everyone all of a sudden forget about your VCR eating your tapes, or how, after a couple years or so, the picture started turning dark, the sound got lower, and you couldn't enjoy them anymore? How about how much space those fuckers took up, or how those flimsy cases would break apart if you accidentally dropped them? This is what people are thinking about when they reminisce about the "good old days"?
Now to that retarded "anyone who was born in..." image. First off, playing in the street is great, and you know....kids can still do that. If this is a knock against the internet, guess what? TV and video games were just as big of distractions back then as they are now. Many, many hours of my youth were wasted playing shit like Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., Rampage, etc., and NOT going outside. Same with TV, except I was a weird kid and watched the news. And yes, while we were the first ones to play video games, looping through the same soul-crushingly difficult levels of Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man was not "better" than the life-like and more complex levels and graphics video games have today. Since when does "worse technology" mean "more fun"? Or is this just some bragging rights bullshit, like, "yeah, we got it before you, so ha ha!"?
Recording songs off the radio on a cassette....you mean not getting the full song, or having the end cut off by a station ID or some idiot DJ talking over it? Yeah, I'll take getting the full MP3 online any fucking day over that shit.
Walking a mile without worries of being kidnapped? So really...the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s were safer times to be out alone? Is this shit backed up by statistics, or did it just seem safer because YOU were never kidnapped and the news didn't keep harping on it to keep viewers tuning in? I'm pretty sure some older New Yorkers don't miss those years before the city got cleaned up, when there were murders every week. Also, I'd love to hear from minorities who grew up in the 50s and 60s about how safe it was to be walking out alone.
Learning how to program a fucking VCR isn't nearly as impressive as the preschool kids I see at the library operating FUCKING COMPUTERS. Really, think about that one for a minute.
Atari was great because there was nothing else available. Nintendo was great because they made great games. Guess what? Nintendo still exists, and makes even better games now than they used to.
Tom and Jerry was OK, Looney Tunes is still brilliant, and I've never given a shit about Captain Kangaroo. By the way, kids can still watch Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes...on DVDs, which didn't exist back then. And they get to watch these cartoons without having them constantly interrupted by obnoxious commercials telling them to beg their parents to buy toys, or cereals that are putting them on a fast track to obesity.
Parents: you really prefer to drive your kids around without wearing a seat belt or having air bags in your car? You also would rather they didn't have a cell phone, that way if an emergency did happen they'd have an immediate way to call for help? You really think that putting your child in MORE danger was better? Really?
The last line about flat screens and surround sound is too stupid for words, so I'm going to ignore that. I love that last part though, "we lived without the internet and Facebook and had a great time...re-post!!!" So this is all just dick waving because we had shittier things? Is this some guilt-trip thing where we tell our kids, "you don't know just how good you have it"? You're going to knock the social media and technology that you're using right this minute to spread your bullshit about how much better things used to be?
As a child of the 80s, FUCK NOSTALGIA. Things are better now than they ever have been.