Every Wednesday, News 4 This Morning takes a look at an assortment of the stories from our show that viewers and readers are talking about on our webchannel and related social media.
As part of a week-long look back at technology from years and decades past, we took a trip back to the days of 16-bit video gaming, specifically with the Sega Genesis. The Genesis, launched in 1989, later competed against the Super Nintendo. Sega’s system, known as the Mega Drive in Japan, would have many hit games, including Sonic the Hedgehog. Some of our viewers shared their favorite Genesis titles. Carol Wyatt enjoys Toe Jam & Earl as well as Sonic. Dustin Benton likes Phantasy Star IV, Streets of Rage II and Shining Force. Sara Martin counts the game adaptations of Pocahantas and The Lion King among her favorites. OneBrokePony still owns a Genesis from 1991 that still works!
On Monday, system maintenance led to further technical difficulties for the social media network, Facebook. For hours during the morning, many users couldn’t post or update or even like statuses. Dina Burdeshaw said the experience was “Totally frustrating. I sent two trouble reports in, ran some errands, and when I returned home, it had apparently been fixed. I could not post or hit the like button on anything.” Barbara Thomas said that she had problems all morning. She adds, “It was my birthday and I was receiving tons of birthday wishes and it would not let me respond to thank my friends. Very frustrating!!!!”
One unique style of fashion in Japan is called Kawaii. The word Kawaii translates to English as cute or adorable. Video from Japan showed women wearing brightly-colored clothes. Phillip Chalker expanded on the meaning and said that “"Kawaii" is just a word/expression used to describe anything cute or adorable... from stuffed animals, to clothing. It isn't necessarily a fashion trend alone... although we tend to use that description on anything resembling Lolita fashion or other styles resembling the Akihabara District and Harajuko styles.” OneBrokePony added that “the cute styles have shifted some since I lived in Japan 6 years ago, although the decorated style was already a thing.”
Another piece of technology that the Morning Show looked back on was the calculator watch. These wrist-mounted electronics not only told time, but crunched numbers as well. Jonathan Stevens said he not only remembered the technology, but asked us “Better yet, who's wearing one right now?? Me! I've had it for a few years now. Bought it at Walmart! The date programmed into it was 1980.” Vanessa Zahel added, “I had one! So funny to see this! Mine wasn't a great brand and didn't last long, but I remember they were so popular that my high school banned them....they didn't want anyone cheating in math!”
October 10th, 2013 marked the three-year anniversary of the series premiere of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The animated hit has since gained a passionate group of fans of all ages, many of whom are known as Bronies. News 4 This Morning shared art created by Bronies all across the world, including some based on News 4 or our morning crew. After making one of these pieces of art a cover image for the morning Facebook, several more commented on the story. Brandon Dudley said, “You guys are awesome! Thanks for not hating bronies like most other media groups.” Tom Courchaine added, “Brilliant! This news channel is routinely embracing the bronies, and I find that to be so awesome. You're all an inspiration to open mindedness, and a role model for kids who might become interested in such a valuable, funny, and intelligent show.” And, Marshall LaFleur says in reference to the Morning Show crew, “I can't believe you guys still haven't been invited as guests of honor to a convention.”
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