In the time since Judge Judy premiered on September 16, 1996, the U.S. has seen so many technological advances. We carry computers in our pockets, are more connected than ever via the internet and social media, at least on paper, and the phrase “at least on paper” is rarely used anymore because so many prefer to read and write our words in digital space. Judge Judith Sheindlin has been openly and proudly resenting each one of said advances throughout her duration on air. With a reported salary of $47 million per year, Sheindlin is the highest paid technophobe on TV.
Our supercut above traces many individual advances—Twitter, Facebook, e-cigarettes, eBay—and Sheindlin’s performatively disdainful opinions on them. I’d wish her 20 more years on the air, but at some point, the increasingly developing modes of communication, and their subsequent complications, may cause her head to explode, and that would be a real shame for a national treasure like Judy.