Second hand bargain: VHS Videos
Don’t turn your back just yet…
In the tale of Rip Van Winkle, a man drinks a strange potion, then falls asleep for twenty years. When he wakes up, absolutely everything has changed. There’s been a revolution, his wife has died, no one is entirely sure who he is, and his daughter has slowly morphed from child to woman. For the same effect now, you’d probably only need to fall asleep for a week. The world is spinning faster than ever, technology has gone wild, and we barely even bother reporting about war anymore, it’s just assumed. Were you to nap for two decades, starting from today, you’d wake to find antique dealers haggling for iPhones, Eastenders would be set on the Moon, and the internet would be a micro-chip inserted into your weaker eye. Your family would recognise you, but only because they eventually replaced you with a lifelike hologram to spare themselves the cumbersome grieving process. These are the facts, and they’re pretty scary. Which is why we feel the warm hand of hope, whenever we hear about grounded people who haven’t turned their backs on the great technological breakthroughs of old. “I prefer Super Nintendos to Playstations, I still buy vinyl records, and what’s wrong with videos?” asked friend of the site David, who’d popped by to tell us all about a wonderful discovery in his local Let’s Cure AIDS – or some such. “They’re selling old videos for 10p each! I spent a quid, and came away with Risky Business, Reservoir Dogs, Sixteen Candles, Evil Dead II, True Romance, Ghostbusters, Lethal Weapon, Angel Heart, The Man with Two Brains, and Face/Off. That’s a pretty good collection, and guess what? Videos play pretty well!” All that for a quid!