Kids today are baffled with the on the Save icon. I mean, I can’t believe there’s still an emoji for a floppy disk.
More and more things that are literally iconic to us are totally lost on the next generation, yet people still refuse to give up their symbolism.
One thing that comes into mind is the HBO’s title sequence:
I’m pretty sure most people under twenty these days have only known digital TV all their lives. They would look at that title sequence and wonder what all the black and white dots and the hissing sound means. A TV without signal would most likely display a blank blue screen to them.
Similarly, people still often represent a TV or screen being turned off with the image collapsing into a single line before that line shrinks into a single dot. People who have not seen the old cathode ray tube technology would have no idea what that is…
What other things we recognize as a symbol in our days won’t get recognized by the next generation?