The Tragic Death of Practically Everything
Wired Editor in Chief Chris Anderson is catching flack for the magazine's current cover story, which declares that the Web is dead. I'm not sure what the controversy is. For years, once-vibrant technologies, products, and companies have been dropping like teenagers in a Freddy Krueger movie. Thank heavens that tech journalists have done such a good job of documenting the carnage as it happened. Without their diligent reporting, we might not be aware that the industry is pretty much an unrelenting bloodbath.
Here's a moving recap of some of the stuff that predeceased the Web. Warning: You may need a handkerchief.
Internet Explorer, as you'll recall, died in 2004.
In 2005, the Macintosh suffered a trauma which inevitably led to its death earlier this year.
The venerable technology known as TV died in 2006. too.
By 2007, Microsoft Office had bit the big one.
Microsoft itself also passed away in 2007.
E-mail had a good long life, but it too went to its reward in 2007.
I hope this doesn't come as a shock, but Facebook died in 2008.
The people of the world shed a collective tear when BlackBerry met its demise in 2008.
Firefox may have passed away last year, but it's hard to tell. (I for one still hold out hope that it'll be found alive.)
The desktop may or may not have died last year, but boy, it didn't look good.
We also mourned the loss of RSS.
And there were horrible rumors that Twitter had been...murdered.
2010 is turning out to be another crummy year for tech products. For instance, the Wii died in February.
The netbook croaked in April.
After a long illness, Print was declared dead in April.
OpenOffice died in May. (I didn't even realize it was still with us!)
Flash, too, is dead as a doornail.
And earlier this week, I myself was the bearer of bad news about e-readers.
If you found this story depressing, I understand -- it's difficult to be reminded of so many untimely passings in one post. I do have some good news, though: It turns out that the reports of vinyl's death were wrong!