Travel back to the 80s with us, where the portable cassette player was accused of turning people into “wind-up non-humans,” laws were passed to keep them off the streets, and one New Jersey man risked jail time for his right to walk with headphones.

EPISODE NOTES

• “Will Personal Headphones Lead To A World Of Silence?” UPI, Nov 30, 1981

“Personal Stereos Causing Considerable Furor” UPI, Dec 10, 1981

“Ear Plugging Is Epidemic” Mary McGrory, July 26, 1982

“Let’s Ban The Walkman” The Montreal Gazette, Nov 1, 1983

Is Google Making Us Stupid?The Atlantic

The End of Reflection, The New York Times

Sherry Turkle’s Ted Talk

 Design Historian Stephen Bayley

First, Drug Abuse; Now, Earphone Abuse, Chicago Tribune, August 1981

The Personal Stereo Comes Under Attack Democrat and Chronicle December 1982, Rochester, NY.

•  Personal Stereo, by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

A Brief History of the Walkman, by Jake Rossen for Mental Floss

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