That green was, well, a colour, and reality TV was that one show sandwiched between music videos on MTV? There were, of course, huge political and social upheavals that roiled our world in the past decade. But there were also the gradual lifestyle changes that you don't always notice when they're happening — kind of like watching a child grow older. Here's an alphabetical look at 50 things that changed our lives in North America since the beginning of the millennium:
I can no longer remember walking over to a television set to change the channel.
Old television shows are magically remembered in color, and when I recall typing college term papers in the early s, I do so on a click-clacking plastic computer keyboard rather than a massive metal Royal. Such distortions may be the very definition of what has changed the world most.
The year saw the arrival of the first solar cells, developed at Bell Labs. Boeing was testing a prototype of thethe intercontinental jet airliner that would so change patterns of travel and consumption. Elvis was cutting his first records. And computers were just starting to be connected by telephone lines in the creation of the Cold War SAGE air defense system.
The broader implications of that development were hardly imagined. The impact of some innovations, such as jet planes, has been striking in its predictability. But small innovations have wrought surprisingly large and unexpected changes in daily life too.
Here are enough innovations, large and small, to count on all 10 of what used to be called digits —your fingers. Inspired by the discovery of German V2 rockets, which he believed could serve as boosters, Clarke proposed launching earth satellites into geosynchronous orbit to handle radio, telephone, and television communications.
Clarke understood that building ground networks no longer made economic sense, a truth realized as countries all over the Third World leap-frogged straight to wireless phones and satellite TV. Satellite phones remain challenged by cost and power demands, but their potential impact was illustrated a few years ago by the poignant final moments of a trapped Mount Everest climber phoning his wife with his last words and more recently by the pixelated pictures from the Iraqi war front generated by satellite phones.
In the western North Carolina valley where my ancestors lived for a century and a half, television reception was long limited by the mountains, and the population was too poor and too sparse to justify investment by cable companies.
My cousins and neighbors could see only two fuzzy channels before the arrival of the TV satellite dish. But then this area of Appalachia quickly came to have a remarkably high number of the dishes.
Now the mountaineers can keep up with gossip about Hollywood stars as easily as with that about their cousins in the valley. Because of this, marketing and sales staffs have been able to set up a steady pattern of declining prices and new fashions in technology.
Technical advances just over the horizon are like the empty lands of the nineteenth century. Exploitation of the manifest destiny of silicon has reinforced all the patterns of the Old West: The Heat Pump At Seaside, the planned town in the Florida Panhandle built in the s to elaborate the ideas of the New Urbanism, the architecture melds old Charleston galleries with bungalows and farmhouses in an American village so archetypical it was used as the backdrop for the film The Truman Show.
Picket fences are required by town ordinance. The heat pump changed Everytown, U. Donald Kroeker, whose engineering firm installed the first commercial unit in the Equitable Building in Portland, Oregon, in Heat pumps were soon to be found in motels across America.
Basically air conditioners that can be reversed to provide low-demand heating systems, they made life tolerable in the Sunbelt, and at low cost. The heat pump removed the need for radiators or vented-air heat in much of the southern half of the country while supplanting the window-installed air-conditioning unit.
It has flourished everywhere cooling is more important than heating and has supported our national dependence on low energy prices to make life sustainable in our fastest-growing areas.
Cotton-picking machinery, pioneered in the s by the brothers John and Mack Rust, was mature by the late s, but not until was a majority of the cotton crop harvested by machine. The cotton picker soon became a key focus for historians studying the interaction of social and technological forces.
The debate is charted in The Second Great Emancipation: Did the migration of workers out of the South trigger the adoption of the picker and push the maturation of its technology? Or did the machine displace the workers?50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Changed Our Culture [Rolling Stone, Jann S.
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