Humans love shiny new objects. And most people have a confirmation bias that anything high tech must be superior to what came before it. But that’s not always true.
It’s a lot easier to teach a kid how to use a smart phone calculator than teach him multiplication tables. So we consider the phone an automatic advancement, without contemplating the brain and skill developments a child experiences by practicing an arithmetic thought process. An old manuscript of Marcus Aurelius becomes a charming relic of the past but a hot take on Twitter instantly qualifies as enlightened knowledge.
I love my air pods for their convenience and portability. But if you’re listening to music from a band playing real instruments and singing you know, actual harmonies (think Fleetwood Mac, the Guess Who, Grassroots, Righteous Brothers, etc.), vinyl on a turntable with some huge clunky headphones is the way to go.
But being new or high tech doesn’t make something better. Being better makes something better.
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