As we end 2009, I can finally say I’m over 8-tracks. It took only 40 years.
I now understand that technology changes at warp speed, while the only warp I understand is in my mind. I now begrudgingly accept that what it cutting edge today will be yesterday’s news tomorrow. There is nothing I can do about it. I surrender.
The most startling, frightening, life-changing, delightful development of the decade was the digital revolution.
The internet? Now it’s just another home appliance. But it opened up avenues of information and communication I could never have imagined. Like this blog.
We now have hundreds of channels of digital high def television. And made people like the Gosselins and the Kardashians stars.
The iPod? I’m still tickled I can carry a lifetime of music in my pocket, and a song costs no more than it did at Patruno’s Variety store in Saxonville, MA in 1962.
I just got a Kindle for Christmas. A wonder. It took me two minutes to realize I won’t miss holding a book, and it’ll be great for traveling.
Cell phone? Don’t use it nearly as much as others, but I was never much of a phone talker anyway. But I can’t imagine leaving home without it. And yes, I see a Droid in my near future.
I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures, and digital photography makes it more gratifying than ever. (Sorry, film purists.) And it’s so much easier to press delete than it was to rip up a picture a certain someone might not like.
And GPS. How great is GPS? No more asking for directions. (Like I ever did, anyway.)
So how about the teens? What’s ahead? No doubt technology will continue to amaze.
But while the technology has improved our lives in its many forms, it has also made us more fractious, more partisan.
My hope is that we’ll put our fun toys and remotes down every now and then and talk to each other. Face to face. Get things settled. Get things done.