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jenniferkate
11-04-2002, 02:10 PM
Unspooled
In the Digital Age, The Quaint Cassette Is Sent Reeling Into History's Dustbin

By Hank Stuever
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 29, 2002; Page C01


In 1923, Fritz Pfleumer, a chemist in Dresden, was coating thin strips of paper with magnetizing chemicals, so that he could attempt to record sound on them. Sixty years after that, a girl said, "Your music depresses me," and handed a boy back the cassette tape he had made for her on the stereo in his bedroom.

Another 20 years drift by: Someone has left a ripped Dean & DeLuca grocery bag filled with some cassette tapes, a broken telephone, three sweaters and two T-shirts on a sidewalk on Connecticut Avenue. The tapes *******, but are not limited to, Squeeze, Willie Nelson, something called "Burning '70s Disco Party," and the soundtracks to "Dances With Wolves," "Dick Tracy" and "Flashdance." There are also tapes by Rufus with Chaka Khan, Tracy Chapman, 10,000 Maniacs, Juice Newton, the Beach Boys, U2, Huey Lewis and the News, Nana Mouskouri, and three pink-and-yellow 60-minute TDK brand cassettes -- two unlabeled, and one labeled "Run." There is also a color snapshot in a plexiglass frame, of three women holding what appear to be tropical-flavored alcoholic beverages.

Between Fritz Pfleumer and the present nationwide discarding of cassette tapes, something unspools in the heart, gets tangled up in the weeds that grow along the freeway. Wearing something out by loving it too much -- fast-forwarding, rewinding, flipping, dropping, splicing, erasing. Think of the boys who used to come on to girls (or other boys) the only way they knew how.

Via the tape.

the rest at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32476-2002Oct28.html

patrick
11-04-2002, 05:47 PM
the mix-tape willl never die

Fattening Ass
11-04-2002, 08:26 PM
Originally posted by failure
the mix-tape willl never die <font color=018f81>The Mix CD has already killed it.

THRILLHO
11-04-2002, 08:52 PM
i like tapes because you can step on them and throw them around and keep them on the floor of your car for a week and they'll still work fine. if they made CDs and minidiscs that could do that THEN tapes would be dead.

snickerdoodles
11-05-2002, 03:42 AM
i thought that was a pretty darned good article.

azvd
11-05-2002, 05:20 AM
Originally posted by THRILLHO
i like tapes because you can step on them and throw them around and keep them on the floor of your car for a week and they'll still work fine.

strange_one
11-05-2002, 07:06 AM
<font color=33FFFF> poor cassettes:(</font>