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Retro Tech

By Angelica Guarino, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun, educational docuseries links past and future tech.

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It's a pleasure to see someone doing their best work, and that's exactly what Brownlee offers in this YouTube show -- he's incredibly knowledgeable, a great teacher, and an approachable host. While his regular channel content may help viewers decide which new phone to buy or whether those expensive Bluetooth headphones are worth it, Retro Tech is at once a thought-provoking history lesson, an intergenerational conversation starter, and a celebration of where the tech world has been, where it is now, and what else is possible. In a world where rapid tech developments can be overwhelming and even scary, Brownlee exudes a genuine love and appreciation for the many innovations in recent years that have completely transformed the ways we travel, work, play, and communicate.

Another Retro Tech highlight is the interview sections with cultural experts. Though some of the guest choices may seem strange at first (what exactly does comedian/podcast host Chris Gethard know about robotics?), the show provides a cohesive understanding of both how the featured devices work and what they meant for American culture when they were initially released. This overview will appeal to a broad audience, regardless of a viewer's age or relationship with the technology. Retro Tech is equally fit for adults looking for an unchallenging, nostalgic binge-watch and parents looking to answer kids' questions about how phones work or why we don't have flying cars yet.

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