When I first watched this video, I think I was feeling prickly or something because it seemed to me like the filmmakers had only set it up to make me feel old. Really, really old.
Watching a group of fresh-faced children struggling to make heads or tails of a technology that once figured so naturally into your own formerly-youthful-and-currently-decrepit lifestyle? Pretty harsh, internet.
Then something else happened–other than one adorable outlier named Samirah, the children in the video legitimately had no idea what a Walkman was or how to use it. It wasn’t that I was so old after all–it was that these kids were so idiots!
Hey, 11-year-old girl who is tapping it like a screen is going to light up and play the latest Bratz video or something–that’s not how it works, stupid! You’re supposed to pop Side R of Appetite for Destruction in there, strap on a pair of headphones you stole from the language lab, and tell the man to get off your back while you rock out on your Sandra Boynton Dinosaurs bedspread for a half hour or so.
And you’re damn right it’s a little weird that I’m old enough to be listening to Guns N’ Roses and yet still be sleeping in those sheets, but this isn’t about me, it’s about you, dummy!
P.S. I know this video is long, but it’s worth it to get to the part where they explain fast forwarding to the kids and their heads explode.