I agree wholeheartedly!
This statement not only speaks to the narcissistic coma in which the writer is living, but a sad, sad testament to a lack of values, with no commitment to excellence.
Here’s an acceptable list of things you can say something could be the “greatest thing since:”
- Sliced bread (solid and a recognized standard of universal excellence)
- the VHS tape (a game changer, though quite dated)
- the internet (unquestionable, though a bit over-inflated)
- that all-you-can-eat soft serve ice cream dispenser at that buffet place nobody admits they go to (nirvana!)
Having said all that, the eight-track tape player was an abomination of technology, larger and most expensive to produce than a cassette, and subject to damage if left in the heat.
Unlike the BetaMax, which was superior to the VHS in playback quality, it was far more difficult for the average listener to hear the eight-track tape’s alleged superior quality.
It was a technology that was developed after the cassette and enjoyed a short run only to be surpassed by the cassette. It hung on until the mid-’80s because companies like Columbia House had massive stockpiles of product they needed to move. By that time, the CD blew everything away.