50 things that changed our lives in the aughts

The Associated Press has an alphabetical list of the 50 things that changed our lives since the beginning of the Millennium. Included on the list are blogs, celebrity culture, cell phones, Facebook,Twitter, and YouTube. Do you agree with this list? Did they leave anything out? I think the author identifies some trends in American culture, but she has missed the big picture. The list is hopelessly techno-centric—as if our lives can be reduced to the accumulation of our gadgets. It reveals more about what American value than about how the human story has really unfolded over the last ten years. Read it for yourself here, and see if you agree with me.

5 Responses to 50 things that changed our lives in the aughts

  1. Don Johnson December 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    If it changed our lives in 00’s it will be skewed to techie things. This is probably true since the discovery of fire.

  2. Mrs. Webfoot December 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    Many of the things on the list of 50 are really distractions. They are life changing in that they can take our attention away from what is really important.

  3. Joel December 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    What did she miss?

  4. Nathan December 23, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

    How about these:

    “e plurabis unum” has been replaced by “diversity is our strength”

    “give me liberty or give me death” by “give me my government handout”

    the nuclear family has been nuked

    the ability to let your kids go and play without having to worry about them being abducted

    the final implosion of public schools

    affordable college tuition

    Just to name a few…

  5. Michael Templin December 23, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    @ nathan agree!

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