Many end-of-year articles tagged the “Ought” decade as “The Internet Decade”, citing the emergence of Google, FaceBook, YouTube, etc. I have too much love for the Internet to wedge it into a decade. The Internet is an era, an epoch, a revolution. The Internet began in the 60s. The web, as many people use synonymously as the Internet, technically started in the early 90s and began to push into commercial consciousness before 2000. Even Google itself actually began in 1998, though its stock value did not go meteoric until after 2002.

And while the Internet undoubtedly played a huge role in all those retrospective choices, many of the other catalysts attributed to the Internet actually had a lot to do with the telephone, and  more specifically, the cellphone. This might make the 2000s more appropriately “The Telephony Decade”.

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