Change and innovation are the name of the game. “New and Improved.” “Out with the old and in with the new.” “Latest and greatest.” “This year’s model.”
A lot of that change isn’t really innovation, of course. It’s a suckers’ game, a marketing ploy. Sorry, iPhone chasers, you’re getting played each time you upgrade, and does anybody really need a television that can listen to his or her conversations, an Amazon device that answers questions for the too-lazy-to-type, or aerosol rubber sealant that can turn a screen door into a boat?
Real innovation pushes us forward–literally, figuratively, or both. It thrusts into the air and beyond. It massively improves our collective lives in some meaningful way. Penicillin? A game changer. Boner pills? Just another product.
We’re roughly 25 years into the innovation that we call the internet, but by which we mean the world wide web. Many of us think of the internet as no more than another appliance if we think of it all. It’s a toaster with cat videos. A few–hackers, governments, propagandists–recognize its benefits as a powerful and destructive weapon.
Then there are those few remaining idealists who hope that Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s great innovation matures into the boon to all of mankind that it still has the potential to be: The great equalizer, capable of eradicating poverty and bringing education to the global masses–all while bringing you the best deals on boner bills. With free shipping.
Anyway, change songs:
“I’d Love To Change the World,” Ten Years After.
“I Don’t Want to Change the World,” Ozzy Osbourne.
“I’ve Changed,” Chuck Berry.
“You’ve Changed,” Billie Holiday.
“You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave),” Hank Williams.
“You Won’t Change Me,” Black Sabbath.
“Ain’t No Change,” Blues Pills.
“Suddenly Everything Has Changed,” Flaming Lips.
There you have it–eight songs about change. What did I miss? I’m listening.
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