As a child who grew up in the 1980s, I saw a lot of technologies come and go. I watched the video cassette mature only to be killed by the digital video disc; the compact disc player replace the tape deck, only to be replaced by the MP3; and the dawn of digital photography. And while I have seen a lot of technologies come of age, nothing could have prepared me for the onslaught of progress that defined the first decade of the 21st century.
What follows are five game-changing technologies of the ‘00s, each of which redefined how people interact with the arts and left the competition twitching uncontrollably, like a zombie whose head has been recently stoved in by a well-placed shotgun blast. And because I hate lists that are in no particular order, this is from my least to most favorite . . .
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