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Viral image of Teletext service reminds S’poreans that the 90s was 20 years ago

Before Internet, there was Teletext.

Zhangxin Zheng | May 30, 06:54 pm

You might have seen this viral image on your newsfeed by now.

If you are not sure what that is, it is actually an image of the analogue Teletext information service.

Teletext

An information service provided by MediaCorp, the Teletext used to inform Singaporeans about general information such as news, stock prices, lottery, flight timings, weather, and more.

It ceased operations on September 30, 2013, after 30 years of service.

Image from Vinod Shaam’s Facebook.

The discontinuation of Teletext was a result of declining usage due to the rise of the Internet.

However, saying goodbye to Teletext was tough for the older folks back then. Being less tech-savvy, the service was an easier way to get information as compared to the Internet.

Workers’ Party Member of Parliament Low Thia Kiang even raised this issue in Parliament in 2013, questioning the termination of Teletext.

However, it seems like times have changed, and even some old folks are experts at Pokemon Go now.

Nostalgia

The image of the Teletext that was shared on May 27 has since garnered more than 3,900 shares.

Clearly, the image is making Singaporeans feel nostalgic about the good old days.

Top photo collage from Vinod Shaam’s Facebook and screenshot from 154thmedia2013 Youtube

About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

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