This won't play in my DVD player

We were listening to an oldies station the other day, when it occurred to me that the lyrics might be incomprehensible to today’s young adults.  Phrases like “you’re still living in a paper doll world” or even Sheryl Crow singing “And they drive their shiny Datsuns.”

Does anyone know what paper dolls are, or represent?  Why would kids play with paper when there are Barbies?

And what the heck is a Datsun?  There are too many time worn out phrases in old music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to count.

And what the heck is a jukebox anyway?  Even references to LPs or 45s, even records, are obsolete.

Then on comes “Take a letter Maria” which has a man talking to his secretary (what is a secretary?) because his wife has been unfaithful.  The song ends with the man asking his secretary to dinner – stop everything – that’s sexual harassment in the workplace.

Following that song is “Young Girl get out of my mind, my love for you is way out of line” and we are well into pedophilia.  Arrest that singer!

So many of the oldies are unintelligible because people are “dropping a dime in the phone” which is impossible to do on a cell phone, or have such politically inappropriate attitudes.

It reminds us of the immense social and technological changes we have all been through since rock and roll began 60 years ago.  Many of the changes came so subtly that we might not have even noticed.  And then there are huge changes like the internet and the digital age.

Sure we laugh at people in movies or TV who smoke, or use old computers, and we don’t even think about the old cars or old fashions.  But the changes in social attitudes are also there.

Attitudes change slower than technology.  And changes are still taking place.  I notice many films and TV show no longer require Latinos to speak with heavy accents, but let the dialogue move forward in Spanish, knowing a huge portion of their listeners speak the language.

So, a penny for your thoughts…. but hold on, what’s a penny?

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