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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Top 10 Ways Technology Transformed U.S. in 2005

J.D. Lasica charts the 10 biggest transformative technologies of 2005 and there are some eye openers on the list, even for those who keep track of such things. Did you know, for example, that there are now more than 50 million Skypers?

Why is that significant? Because, as J.D. points out, Skype "is singlehandedly deep-sixing the wires-and-switches telecommunications business and transforming us into a ubiquitous, always-on communication hive." We can't even begin to comprehend the implications of that fact for our politics, daily lives or future.

But my favorite of the trends is this: "Thanks to online fundraising efforts, relief agencies raised record donations for victims of the South Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina." We've only just scratched the surface of the possibilities there, too.

Go here for J.D.'s complete roundup. If you aren't reading New Media Musings regularly, you are missing the observations of one of the new media epoch's most prescient thinkers.