By  on April 7, 2010

When Apple unveiled its iPad this January, the ailing media industry practically swooned at the notion that it could be the technological savior it had been waiting for. And now that the device is available at retail, that possibility is closer to reality. But ours is a time when technology reigns. In 1980, things were a little different. “If the Seventies wrought an electronic revolution in the retail industry, the Eighties will bring computerization into the customer’s home,” the cover of WWD said on Jan. 7, 1980.

 

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