Here at 4th Bin, we’re all about helping companies manage their IT portfolios. Why is a smart IT strategy so important for organizations to invest in? Because technology is changing faster now than ever before and if you don’t keep up your work, product, and team will suffer.
Need more proof about how fast personal technology and the devices you use to work are changing? Grab the popcorn and let’s go to the movies.
Where it once was fashion choices—from big shoulder pads to big hair—that was a dead giveaway that a movie was from the past, these days it’s the technology that quickly makes a movie feel dated. Directors have tough cinematic decisions to make about how prominently to display technology as the hardware is so ephemeral. Within the last few years, this has become even harder as the type, size and shape of everyday technology is evolving so quickly. A film that looks sleek and modern one minute, looks like a dusty VHS the next.
So without further ado, take a look at a few of our favorite iconic film moments that for many, once looked shiny and new but now looks like they could be technological artifacts.
Rewinding back to the 80’s with Gordon Gekko’s iconic phone in Wall Street. The idea of talking on a phone without a cord—outside even!—seemed unattainable and completely extravagant for non-Wall Street, non-megarich Americans.
From the clunky desktops, to the cubicles, to the traditional concept of the 9-to-5, Office Space successfully created a space and feel of the restricted and suffocating concept of work that is from the past.
10 Things I Hate About You
In the teen 90’s comedy, 10 Things I Hate About You, teenagers create fliers to spread the word about a party. Fliers!
You’ve Got Mail
You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is less of a romcom about a couple and more a romcom about AOL. From the voice of your inbox alerting you that ‟you’ve got mail” peppered throughout the film, to the concept of AOL chat rooms, this film is doused in AOL and internet dial-up nostalgia.
Scream was a mega-hit and revolved all around the (super scary) landline albeit with a cordless phone.
Beyond how to rob a bank—and how not to—Heat was the first film to introduce the idea of triangulation and interconnectivity of devices and networks to the mainstream.
Entering the new millennium, Firewall is a fantastic mix of the CRT age with shiny, black flatscreens and technology integrated to both the office and home to highlight the sophistication of hacking into banks.
The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada brings to life the concept that with technology, namely your cell phone, you are connected to your office (and boss) 24/7—for better and for worse.
So to conclude, in the famous words of Ferris Bueller, life moves pretty fast. And in terms of technology and the ways in which we work with technology, life has never moved as fast.
Is your company keeping up?
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