It’s the end of the year, and all those lists are starting to crop up — you know, the ones that count down the best of the year.
I started to read one about the top 50 gadgets of the last 50 years, and counting up which ones I actually owned. It’s shocking:
- Sony Walkman
- Apple iPod
- Palm PDA
- Motorola RAZR
- TI Speak & Spell
- Nintendo Game Boy
- Apple Newton Messagepad
- Iomega Zip Drive
I wonder how much money I have spent buying gadgets and gizmos over my lifetime — probably more than the gross national product of some small nations.
Perhaps not by coincidence, I’ve just started reading Affluenza, targeting the American propensity for conspicuous consumption.