Ipods revolutionised, and possibly destroyed, the recording industry forever, with their convenience, user friendliness and the bewildering, strangely alienating level of choice they offer.
Vinyl records, on the other hand, may be fragile and cumbersome, but are also beautiful and comforting objects that ooze history and value.
So what are we to make of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust’s boast that “the pathology equivalent of moving from vinyl LPs to iPods is happening for the first time in the country at Coventry’s University Hospital”?
That in the future, we’ll all be able to do pathology anywhere, any time, but that true pathology fans will still insist that the old way of doing things was better, warmer and more soulful?
Or that the exciting new era is actually based on technology that was cutting edge 15 years ago, but still seems like a sci-fi fantasy in an NHS that has barely got its head around using email?