The introduction to a paper i'm working on.. i've read about 100 pages of this book so far, and it really is interesting to look at stuff from just 10 years ago, especially considering i'm only 20 and i can only vaguely remember the pager boom, or when faxes were huge.. just scrolling through the forums gave me a bit of a brainwave though, not looking for critique, just some food for thought really.
1999: before YouTube, text messaging, aim, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox Live, Wii, and the internet forum boom. This was the year the book Faster was written, and as the Author contemplates the advent of the Pager, Fax Machine, and the introduction of email, it’s almost comical in comparison to the technology of today. Now a user can select a video of a song on YouTube, text their sister 3000 miles away, and play Forza Motorsport 3 on an Xbox 360 on the next screen over without moving an inch. In contrast the book seems rather Neolithic and outmoded. Just 6 or 7 years ago, only the rich kids in High School had cell phones as freshman, now it’s uncommon to see a middle-school student without the ever-present staple of modern society in their hands texting or twittering to countless others. Yet the book makes very little mention of these devices that seem to have replaced just about everything that seemed advanced in 1999, and laptops—seem nonexistent. The book provides an interesting perspective of today’s society as the author analyzes the lightning pace at which society moved just 11 years ago.