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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.

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