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(Sun News Network)   Millennial family disconnects from the Internet and all modern technology, lives as if they were in 1986, a shadowy era of cassettes, wired phones, tube TVs, paper maps, and bizarre objects called "books"   (sunnewsnetwork.ca) divider line 144
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2013-09-02 07:55:15 AM
The Amish laugh at your shenanigans
 
2013-09-02 07:56:24 AM
He's 26??????? What is it with people and their rush to look middle aged?
 
2013-09-02 07:57:23 AM
...turn me loose....turn me loose.....
 
2013-09-02 07:58:58 AM
And what's with the "no computers" shiat? In 1986? Really? "No cable"? 1986? This guy is a dumbfark.
 
2013-09-02 08:16:49 AM
So he's handicapping his kids' future career prospects by making them unfamiliar with technology, forcing his wife to obey his every whim in a vaguely creepy, controlling fashion and simultaneously being the kind of sanctimonious ass who always has to tell everyone that he doesn't own a TV.

Oh, and he has that exact style of mustache that only douchebags, 80's cop show protagonists and Pantera fans wear. I think I can guess which category he falls into.
 
2013-09-02 08:17:03 AM
Problem: deleting Facebook account deprives attention-whore of attention
Solution: get website to write article on how you deleted Facebook account
Irony: HTTP did not exist in 1986
 
2013-09-02 08:18:40 AM
I dunno, I think there might be a way to responsibly parent your kids without depriving yourself. It's not an all-or-nothing equation.
 
2013-09-02 08:20:21 AM
Guy's nuts. There's things we do with our kids, like restricting how often they watch TV or use the internet, or play on their DSs, but what is the possible advantage of losing GPS or replacing solid-state media with farking tapes? And both my kids read a ton now because they have Kindles - there's no waiting to go to a bookshop or a library.
 
2013-09-02 08:24:39 AM

propasaurus: I dunno, I think there might be a way to responsibly parent your kids without depriving yourself. It's not an all-or-nothing equation.


Yeah, this. If you're unable to set reasonable boundaries on "electronics", that's more of a reflection on your parenting than the insidious nature of Candy Crush
 
2013-09-02 08:25:26 AM

Gunther: So he's handicapping his kids' future career prospects by making them unfamiliar with technology, forcing his wife to obey his every whim in a vaguely creepy, controlling fashion and simultaneously being the kind of sanctimonious ass who always has to tell everyone that he doesn't own a TV.

Oh, and he has that exact style of mustache that only douchebags, 80's cop show protagonists and Pantera fans wear. I think I can guess which category he falls into.


Hey, fark off, Pantera is awesome. And I don't need a moustache to say it.
 
2013-09-02 08:27:38 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: He's 26??????? What is it with people and their rush to look middle aged?


From that stache I thought he was living like it was 1975.
 
2013-09-02 08:28:00 AM
FTA: "The family started shunning technology after Blair asked his son Trey to join him in playing outside.

Unfortunately, Trey opted to continue swiping his tiny fingers on daddy's iPad."


Much more logical than just taking the farking thing away and pushing the kid out the door. I didn't think parenting was that hard that it's easier to completely shun things instead.
 
2013-09-02 08:36:22 AM
He can still get a 300 baud modem and hook it up to his IBM-PC or Unisys and dial up a Prodigy or GEnie BBS and spank it to some ASCII porn.

Either that, or go rent some videotapes.
 
2013-09-02 08:47:23 AM
No cable? They had cable in 86. I spent a few months in the US in 1980, and the apartment we rented had cable.  And I got my first email account in 83 when I went to college.
 
2013-09-02 08:48:09 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: And what's with the "no computers" shiat? In 1986? Really? "No cable"? 1986? This guy is a dumbfark.


And while cassettes were popular, records were still around, and by '86, everything was on CD's.  Cell phones were in their second generation (think brick v. briefcase) and cable was old news.  In fact, Rogers (one of the big three communication companies in Canada) changed it's name in 1986 from Rogers Cablesystems (it's name since 1967) to Rogers Communications.  Apple II's were all the rage, and the first 16 bit NES was out that year too.
Lastly, Blair, GET A JOB.  While not totally unheard of, the stay-at-home dad thing was pretty rare.
 
2013-09-02 08:50:57 AM
That's going to make Bitcoin mining pretty hard. Isn't it?
 
2013-09-02 08:55:04 AM
Is that a mullet?
 
2013-09-02 08:58:46 AM
He sounds like the guy you knew from high school who always has some new way he's going to "make it big" every time you see him. If he was 15 years older I'd bet any amount of money he'd tried raising llamas at some point in his life. His resume probably looks like a brainstorming session from NBC Sitcom Development.
 
2013-09-02 08:59:21 AM
Personally, I applaud people that stop letting tech take over their lives and go to live in ways that don't rely on it.
 
2013-09-02 09:02:33 AM
On a typical day in 1986, I could have played some videogames, watched some cable tv, and maybe messed around on the computer for a bit. The lesson: people who were born in year X are not always experts on life in year X.
 
2013-09-02 09:03:44 AM

sno man: Quantum Apostrophe: And what's with the "no computers" shiat? In 1986? Really? "No cable"? 1986? This guy is a dumbfark.

And while cassettes were popular, records were still around, and by '86, everything was on CD's.  Cell phones were in their second generation (think brick v. briefcase) and cable was old news.  In fact, Rogers (one of the big three communication companies in Canada) changed it's name in 1986 from Rogers Cablesystems (it's name since 1967) to Rogers Communications.  Apple II's were all the rage, and the first 16 bit NES was out that year too.
Lastly, Blair,

GET A JOB.  While not totally unheard of, the stay-at-home dad thing was pretty rare.can be soul-crushing.

No wonder the guy is coming up with goofy endeavors like this - he needs some self-worth. Plus he's a idiot. No cable in 1983? Maybe he lived in bum-fark egypt
 
2013-09-02 09:05:02 AM

sno man: Quantum Apostrophe: And what's with the "no computers" shiat? In 1986? Really? "No cable"? 1986? This guy is a dumbfark.

And while cassettes were popular, records were still around, and by '86, everything was on CD's.  Cell phones were in their second generation (think brick v. briefcase) and cable was old news.  In fact, Rogers (one of the big three communication companies in Canada) changed it's name in 1986 from Rogers Cablesystems (it's name since 1967) to Rogers Communications.  Apple II's were all the rage, and the first 16 bit NES was out that year too.
Lastly, Blair, GET A JOB.  While not totally unheard of, the stay-at-home dad thing was pretty rare.


16 bit NES?

Really?
 
2013-09-02 09:06:37 AM

Trainspotr: On a typical day in 1986, I could have played some videogames, watched some cable tv, and maybe messed around on the computer for a bit. The lesson: people who were born in year X are not always experts on life in year X.


Yeah, I was as likely to have spent a summer day inside farking around on my C64 or playing my Atari 2600 as I am to spend a summer day inside farking around on my Mac and playing with my Xbox.  The idealized pre-tech golden age this douche (who was actually born in 1987 if he's 26, and wow he is a rough 26) thinks existed didn't.  At least not at that point.
 
2013-09-02 09:07:46 AM
On the other hand, the number of unmarried, unemployed 20-something dudes with two kids and a live in girlfriend had to be pretty close to zero percent of the population in 1986.
 
2013-09-02 09:10:16 AM
I don't know exactly how old the Fark population is, but quite a few of us had been alive for a while already in 1986. We lived part of our lives like this. Most of us are still here, and (gasp!) even know how to use a lot of new technology. Some people use more of it, some less. We don't care about your experiment.
 
2013-09-02 09:13:15 AM
Gunther:
Oh, and he has that exact style of mustache that only douchebags, 80's cop show protagonists and Pantera fans wear. I think I can guess which category he falls into.

You said douchebags twice.
 
2013-09-02 09:13:46 AM
Maybe in 80 years they will have 1980s renactors. The guy is younger than me and looks older than me all he needs is a van with a waterbed in the back or an el camino with astroturf in the bed.
 
2013-09-02 09:14:02 AM

sno man: Quantum Apostrophe: And what's with the "no computers" shiat? In 1986? Really? "No cable"? 1986? This guy is a dumbfark.

And while cassettes were popular, records were still around, and by '86, everything was on CD's.  Cell phones were in their second generation (think brick v. briefcase) and cable was old news.  In fact, Rogers (one of the big three communication companies in Canada) changed it's name in 1986 from Rogers Cablesystems (it's name since 1967) to Rogers Communications.  Apple II's were all the rage, and the first 16 bit NES was out that year too.
Lastly, Blair, GET A JOB.  While not totally unheard of, the stay-at-home dad thing was pretty rare.


Not everybody was using CD's in '86.  Heck, I was 8 years old in 86, I remember it rather well.  Our family didn't get a CD player of any kind until '93.  Around '86 I was still playing 45rpm records on a turntable and my mother was still listening to 8-tracks.   We got cable around '88.

The NES was 8-bit,not 16 bit, and while it was out in Japan and had a very limited release in the US by that point, it wasn't widely released or promoted until Christmas season of '87.  That's the funny thing about just looking up the release date on Wikipedia, it completely leaves out how widespread something was, yeah, the NES was in a few stores in October of '85. . .but it wasn't widely distributed or marketed until fall of '87.  In '86 I was still playing my old Atari 5200.

Cell phones might have existed, but they were definitely not everyday items.  They were usually called "carphones" and kept only in cars because they were too large and bulky to just walk around with.  Very limited coverage areas also meant that if you weren't in a big city, they were useless.  Cellular phones for everyday use started to become just a tad more common by the mid '90's before becoming ubiquitous in the early 2000's.  It's not a stretch to say "no cell phones" when trying to live like people in '86.

PC's were another thing that were not for everyday use either.  Seriously, the first IBM PC was indeed in 1982, and the IBM AT was indeed the current model of computer at the time with it's 80286 processor running at 6 MHz and 20 MB hard drive running DOS 3.0. . . but they were very expensive and not in most houses.  Heck, we didn't even have a PC in our school until 1990.  My Dad took me to his job once around the mid 80's to show me that they had got a computer in there now.  If you had one at home, you had a LOT of disposable income.
 
2013-09-02 09:21:07 AM

Silverstaff: If you had one at home, you had a LOT of disposable income.


Speaking of " the funny thing about just looking up the release date on Wikipedia, it completely leaves out how widespread something was ", you ever hear of Commodore, Atari, Apple? Everyone had a home computer in 1986.
 
2013-09-02 09:29:42 AM
Cheese eating surrender monkey:
16 bit NES?

Really?


Silverstaff:

The NES was 8-bit,not 16 bit, and while it was out in Japan and had a very limited release in the US by that point, it wasn't widely released or promoted until Christmas season of '87.  That's the funny thing about just looking up the release date on Wikipedia, it completely leaves out how widespread something was, yeah, the NES was in a few stores in October of '85. . .but it wasn't widely distributed or marketed until fall of '87.  In '86 I was still playing my old Atari 5200.


You are both right, I actually still have one in the basement somewhere too.... my bad.

As for the rest, I'll stand by that.  I was in high school when I bought my first cd player a Yamaha CD-X1 in 1984.
 
2013-09-02 09:31:08 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Silverstaff: If you had one at home, you had a LOT of disposable income.

Speaking of " the funny thing about just looking up the release date on Wikipedia, it completely leaves out how widespread something was ", you ever hear of Commodore, Atari, Apple? Everyone had a home computer in 1986.


You forgot Tandy. Radio Shack sold a ton of computers in the 80s.
 
2013-09-02 09:38:56 AM
let me see, I was born in 1982. in existence were...

cell phones, the internet, video games, personal micro computers, CDs, LaserDiscs, and other shiat. Human technology really hasn't taken a massive leap forward since the integrated circuit, since then it's all basically been refinement.

This guy is an asshat.
 
2013-09-02 09:42:59 AM

KellyMG: Gunther:
Oh, and he has that exact style of mustache that only douchebags, 80's cop show protagonists and Pantera fans wear. I think I can guess which category he falls into.

You said douchebags twice.


He likes douchebags
 
2013-09-02 09:46:44 AM
OMG!!!!

USING MAPS INSTEAD OF GPS!!!!!

Just like almost every motorcycle rider.
 
2013-09-02 09:48:08 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Silverstaff: If you had one at home, you had a LOT of disposable income.

Speaking of " the funny thing about just looking up the release date on Wikipedia, it completely leaves out how widespread something was ", you ever hear of Commodore, Atari, Apple? Everyone had a home computer in 1986.


Don't forget the Amiga
 
2013-09-02 09:50:46 AM
Sh*t, the movie WarGames came out in 1985 and Matthew Broderick was using the Internet then.
 
2013-09-02 09:52:54 AM

stratagos: Quantum Apostrophe: Silverstaff: If you had one at home, you had a LOT of disposable income.

Speaking of " the funny thing about just looking up the release date on Wikipedia, it completely leaves out how widespread something was ", you ever hear of Commodore, Atari, Apple? Everyone had a home computer in 1986.

Don't forget the Amiga


That was Commodore. Yes, I know all about Hi-Toro and all that, but by the time I got my Amiga it had Commodore stamped on it.
 
2013-09-02 09:53:29 AM

Gunther: Oh, and he has that exact style of mustache that only douchebags, 80's cop show protagonists and Pantera fans wear. I think I can guess which category he falls into.



Hate on their music and fans all you want but Pantera makes some fine artisan breads.
 
2013-09-02 09:54:49 AM
I didn't have cable tv, a computer, or CDs in 1986.

You rich yuppie kids disgust me.
 
2013-09-02 10:00:20 AM

sendtodave: I didn't have cable tv, a computer, or CDs in 1986.

You rich yuppie kids disgust me.


Wasn't rich I just lived in a 200sq/ft apartment so I could spend money on computers, my BBS and a little later connection to the "internet".
 
2013-09-02 10:11:53 AM
"I remember the day before we started this, I was a wreck and I was like 'I can't believe I have to delete my Facebook!'" she said.

Uhh... That's because you don't have to delete it.  It would have been waiting for you all by its lonesome just fine if you just left it alone until april 2014.  Now you have to go rebuild it next year, congratulations...
 
2013-09-02 10:17:06 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: stratagos: Quantum Apostrophe: Silverstaff: If you had one at home, you had a LOT of disposable income.

Speaking of " the funny thing about just looking up the release date on Wikipedia, it completely leaves out how widespread something was ", you ever hear of Commodore, Atari, Apple? Everyone had a home computer in 1986.

Don't forget the Amiga

That was Commodore. Yes, I know all about Hi-Toro and all that, but by the time I got my Amiga it had Commodore stamped on it.


Both the Amiga and Atari ST were out by 1986. They were still new, expensive and not yet well-supported so as a result far more people were using the Spectrum, C64 and Amstrad CPC, but they were there.
 
2013-09-02 10:40:54 AM
Another person who lived in the 80s.

drkellyflanagan.com

He took his family on a trip.

mimg.ugo.com

But it didn't turn out quite the way he thought it would.

www.clarkgriswoldcollection.com

/See, even Clark Griswold used a computer back then to plan his trips!
//just be careful that your son isn't trying to eat your car with the video game sprite he was playing with
 
2013-09-02 10:44:04 AM
That's heavy.
 
2013-09-02 10:46:01 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: And what's with the "no computers" shiat? In 1986? Really? "No cable"? 1986? This guy is a dumbfark.


Tell us about the 3D printers.
 
2013-09-02 10:53:19 AM
No Atari? No Nintendo? I'd mutiny!
 
2013-09-02 11:05:56 AM
I don't use a cell phone, except on road trips--if someone needs to get hold of me, they can call my home or office.

On road trips I don't rely as much on my gazetteers as I used to, but I still use them.

Is it too hard to have an "option" when buying a car/truck for manual rollup windows??  More electronics in a car is just more hard stuff I get to fix when it breaks later.
 
2013-09-02 11:09:09 AM

golden goat: I don't use a cell phone, except on road trips--if someone needs to get hold of me, they can call my home or office.

On road trips I don't rely as much on my gazetteers as I used to, but I still use them.

Is it too hard to have an "option" when buying a car/truck for manual rollup windows??  More electronics in a car is just more hard stuff I get to fix when it breaks later.


meh... the power windows still work on my 15 year old truck... so as long as the industry can keep pumping out power windows that work for 15-20+ years, then I say go for it.
 
2013-09-02 11:09:59 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: He's 26??????? What is it with people and their rush to look middle aged?


You're more employable if you look closer to Boomers than Millenials. Being young means you have no skills, even if you do.
 
2013-09-02 11:15:01 AM

baka-san: OMG!!!!

USING MAPS INSTEAD OF GPS!!!!!

Just like almost every motorcycle rider.


Everyone should have a road atlas somewhere in their car.  Keep it in the trunk, just have some idea how to use it.
 
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