Phones didn’t work; the crowd was so thick that local cell capacity was choked. “There is no service,” said 20-year-old Brady Friedkin. A radio might have done the trick, but nobody seemed to have a radio. A thoroughly modern crowd was suddenly reliant on the most primal communication tool: word-of-mouth. It could have been 5,000 years ago. It could have been…1908.
I like web-based and satellite access too, but I think some of us become too dependent on it. For lack of a simple transistor radio, these Cubs fan were forced to search out a television set, some watching a big screen tv in a private residence from the street! (You might remember old movies with scenes of people standing outside stores with television sets in the display window!)
When I was growing up, our family wouldn't think of going to sporting event without a transistor radio; that way we could listen to the play-by-play. Perhaps today we have become too dependent on cellphones and tablets. Yes, the "thoroughly modern crowd" relied upon person-to-person communication, and that's a good thing, but it's amazing to me that "nobody seemed to have a radio"!
In 1999/2000 PBS produced a program about the development of the transistor and the introduction of the transistor radio, battery-powered, portable, and relatively inexpensive.