The 90s generation bids farewell to its small details

A Japanese company, Funai, has recently announced it will stop producing VCR machines. Funai is believed to be the only company in the world that still made VCRs!

The company began producing VCRs in 1983. It used to sell 15 million machines a year, however, this year it only sold 750,000.

Farewell to the venerable VCR.

This news is nostalgic as it reminds many of the 90s, when most households owned a VCR. People's reaction to this news was seen through the Twitter hashtag "tweet like you're in the 90s" which went viral.

The tweets reflected the memories of generations which lived through the groundbreaking transformations during that decade which constituted a turning point in the region's history as we witnessed the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the second Gulf War and the transformation of many Arab societies; from being open to adopting seclusion in some behavioral patterns and ideas.

Let's go back to using Twitter as a platform for praise instead of being used to eliminate and character assassinate others

Turki Aldakhil

Before this hashtag even surfaced, Twitter user @Meshal90s_ had been tweeting about that period of time. He talks about details of songs from that era, tools of simple communication, social bonds and their ramifications and the simplicity which is diminishing in favor of social crises and complexities.

It's all some sort of nostalgia towards an era of easy companionship. This is the real joy of Twitter, the social media platform has changed with crises, struggles and obscenities. Let's go back to using Twitter as a platform for praise instead of being used to eliminate and character assassinate others.

All that’s left is the memory of generations that are loyal to the small things in life, including the VCR, the machine that was pronounced dead this month.

This article was first published in Okaz on July 31, 2016.

Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.


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