To travel back in time to 1999, you have to start by shedding a few things, as though you’re going through airport security. No iPod. No smartphone. No YouTube. No Facebook. No Twitter. In 1999, the Internet was shiny-new and just out of the box, and we still believed that its greatest utility was to deliver dog food to our door and packs of gum and cigarettes to us by hand. We were just starting to figure out that the new search site Google, which had launched in 1998, might prove useful for something.Adam Sternbergh in New York Magazine. Their '00s issue is full of good stuff.
(In a Luddite move, I committed Web 2.0 suicide yesterday. I really dislike Facebook and it was immensely satisfying to blow up my profile.)