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Every now and then I'm reminded that I have students who don't believe I've been teaching longer than YouTube's been a thing.

They know I'm old, they just think YouTube has just always been there.

Like the internet.

"So no one made videos?"

"Sure we did, but they were really small and we put them on our own websites."

"So how did you get subscribers?"

"We didn't. I mean, eventually there was RSS, but this was in the before times."

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@crash youtube, the internet, mp3's, smartphones, digital cameras, they've all been around forever

@Garrison In my classroom I have a VHS camcorder and a film camera that I routinely show off.

@crash i still have a B&W fisher-price camcorder that records on cassette tapes that i got as a kid (it came with a cassette-to-VHS adapter for playback), which i think is an amazing thing

@crash That and submitting your site to Yahoo for indexing.

@naga @crash i used to have a MS-paint-made graphic on my website that read "rejected 12 times by yahoo"

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