Accidental Prophets

From 1966.

     Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 31, 2020
     Category: Fashion | Technology | Telephones | Zeitgeist | Advertising | Anomie, Exhaustion, and General Malaise

Paul, please share some description for those of us not in this loop. Is it perhaps a prophecy of portable TV's connected to genital stimulators?
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 07/31/20 at 08:37 AM
I'm wondering about the positions of the respective antennas.
Posted by ges on 07/31/20 at 09:35 AM
Virtual--I don't claim any great insights here. It's just that if you substitute smartphones for the mini-TVs, you get an accurate albeit somewhat cliched picture of how people, even intimate spouses, live in their own virtual bubbles these days, even when in physical proximity.
Posted by Paul on 07/31/20 at 10:43 AM
GES -- I noticed that, but at first figured that her antenna was down so it wouldn't be in front of his face. My Freud-radar should have picked up on your interpretation. 😉
Posted by FRANK on 07/31/20 at 11:38 AM
Thanks, Paul. Yes, it's definitely the same principle.
When the time-lapse satellite videos first became available on TV weather reports, I absolutely had to have it for my understanding of the weather while cruising on my boat. I intentionally got a black-and-white TV, to lower the chance of someone wanting to watch the boob tube while we were out.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 07/31/20 at 12:46 PM
(Sorry if this is a little too . . . it's just that's this is the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the image . . .)

It was eleven years ago today my best friend James came running out of the room shouting "It's a boy! It's a boy!" with tears streaming down his face.

We never went back to Thailand.
Posted by Phideaux on 07/31/20 at 08:35 PM
It sure exactly what year that ad was run, but in the late 1970s I remember that portable TVs were considered quite the status symbol. They were among those gadgets that showed you were tech savvy without being a nerd, AND affluent enough to afford them.
Posted by Brian on 08/02/20 at 09:03 AM
Oops... just noticed the date at the top of the post.
Posted by Brian on 08/02/20 at 09:04 AM
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