Tech Since 9/11

Harry McCracken:

As I thought about this tenth anniversary–and particularly about things to say that would be relevant on this site–I was struck by how much the world of personal technology has changed. It all happened little by little, but a remarkable percentage of the things we care about today didn’t exist yet. When the attacks happened, nobody took photos of the scene using camera phones, because camera phones barely existed. We didn’t grieve on Facebook, or depend on Twitter for breaking news.

When 9/11 happened, there was no iPod, iPhone, iPad, XBox, Wii, iTunes, Skype, 3G internet, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Firefox, Chrome or Angry Birds. It’s almost eerie how long ago ten years doesn’t feel.


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