~ Henry Ford on Old Tech
Old Tech is the name given to the latest trend in high technology, that of reviving seemingly obsolete technology for contemporary use. The basic principle for this trend is based on the idea that existing high technology sucks hard. For example, take the iPod you're using right now. Or better yet, borrow one from a friend. Then try to hit a nail through it with a hammer. You should find that the iPod is soon reduced to tiny pieces. Try the same experiment with an Iron Duke class broad-gauge steam locomotive. In spite of being 150 years older than the iPod, you will find that you are barely able to dent it. Thus proving that old time stuff is better. (Besides, your iPod doesn't have Monkeynet capability, does it?)
Old Tech is sweeping the fields of computing, telecommunications, transport and entertainment.
Old Tech Computing
This area really marked the resurgence of Old Tech, with millions of frustrated computer users dumping their flimsy, constantly crashing computers with shiny new Babbage engines and ENIAC machines. Obviously, these devices have difficulty connecting to the Internet, so mechanical computer users have created the Monkeynet, a means of moving punch cards across great distances by means of strings and pulleys operated by monkeys. This system has been criticised as inefficient, but only by people who don't realise just how much monkeys rock.
On the negative side, a new form of morse code has been developed that allows sheet music to be transmitted. This code, known as Morse-Plus # Three or MP3, has been used by rogues and scallywags wishing to distribute sheet music illicitly, thus depriving the wax cylinder industry of hard earned profits.
The rising cost of making films that were increasingly oriented towards special effects led to the re-emergence of silent monochrome film. Instead of paying about a week's pay to see ninety minutes of crap starring Vin Diesel, Ben Stiller and Jennifer Lopez, you can pay 10 cents to see ten minutes of crap with Rudolf Valentino, Ben Turpin and Clara Bow. A clear improvement.
The biggest winner in the Old Tech revolution has been transport. As steam railways take over from the private car, you can ride your velocipede upon the thoroughfare without having to jostle for space with the SUVs and pimpmobiles.
Air travel has also been improved by the reintroduction of the Zeppelin. Travelling at a slower pace than jet aircraft, the zeppelin's luxurious pace takes all of the tension and frustration out of air travel. Also, there's a piano in the ballroom. And if you find yourself seated next to a squealing child, just inform the kindly brown-shirted flight attendants; they'll be happy to oblige you by punching said child in the throat.
The Old Tech Revolution has been a godsend, saving civilization from the tiny, bleeping plastic things that plagued it and replacing them with wonderful, solid items of cast iron and bakelite. Truly, we live in a golden age! Now, get back to the workhouse, break time's over.