In memory of page 302

Mike Bayly looks back at fondness at a sadly departed member of our younger years.

For all the perceived benefit modern technology brings, it has the effect of dehumanising human interaction. Whilst innovations such as smartphones, Skype and social networking sites have made global communications more accessible and cost effective, there is little doubt they have subverted the principles of human relationships. Text messaging has negated the need to actually pick up a phone and speak to someone. Email has rendered letter writing obsolete to the point of being archaic. Facebook allows a hundred people you barely know to wish you happy birthday without having a single card on the mantelpiece to commemorate the fact. At times, it even effects the group dynamic; going out with friends and spending half of the evening buried in your iPhone has become so commonplace as to be practically de rigeur.

So, it was with a slightly heavy heart that news broke in the summer that Ceefax had been switched off in London as part of the digital revolution. The reaction throughout the blogosphere was more akin to mourners at a funeral procession than mere social commentary, as fans and journalists queued up to offer their own nostalgic take on the analogue news service. Continue reading