The 80s: Gad­gets

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 8.30pm, National Ge­o­graphic This 10-part ex­trav­a­ganza about al­most ev­ery as­pect of the 1980s be­gins on Sun­day at 7.30pm and runs ev­ery night of the week there­after. My col­league Graeme Blundell did jus­tice to the whole se­ries in a re­cent First Watch col­umn (Re­view, May 11). But for those who may find 10 hours about con­di­tions in the world 30 years ago daunt­ing, I rec­om­mend this episode as a stand-out. So many of the de­vices we take for granted to­day had their ori­gins in the decade of greed and big hair. Take the daunt­ing brick-like first mo­bile phones that be­gat to­day’s pocket-dwelling com­mu­ni­ca­tions hubs, or the hum­ble yet en­dur­ing CD. Ini­tially mar­keted as in­de­struc­tible — a bald-faced lie, as any­one who has had to throw out a scratched disc will

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