by Shelt Garner
I’m only enough to have some perspective on things. It appears as though a trend towards general blandness in society started about 2001 and accelerated in about the 2006-2008 time frame.
For abut a generation now, things have been extremely meh.
If I recall correctly, by about 2008 when smartphones took over, all the major websites were established. Outside of a few unicorns like SnapChat and Tik-Tok there really hasn’t been much innovation in a decade. (I’m talking more about social media than things like AirBnB or Uber.)
Anyway, it makes you wonder if This Is It.
Has this even really happened or am I just old now? I say this only because there really hasn’t been anything “interesting” to pop up in society or technology (or anything else) for about a decade. Things are pretty much set in tone now. We all use Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon and that’s it.
Maybe what I’m noticing is the pause while we wait for VR / AR (MX) to take off? Is that it? It’s all very curious.
It’s almost as if something REALLY UNEXPECTED is lurking out there in the historical darkness, waiting to pop out. That’s usually how it works, if history is any guide.
Though, I do wonder if it’s even possible for a new Website to take off and spark any type of cultural interest. It definitely seems as though the Internet has matured and, well, that’s it. This is what we’re stuck with until something Really Big happens that changes Everything in a way we can’t expect.
I wonder what — if anything — that will be.