Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Reflections 2012: The Year

How do you summarise a year?  There is one school of thought that you describe the past in terms of great people and their achievements and another that uses how people live.  I prefer the latter, partly because those who prefer the former tend to be people who want to be one of the great men (and it's usually men) in the books of the future, but mostly as history is about people and how we change.

I talked a little about my 2012 on Monday, and for the year as a whole I'm going to highlight two things: the Tablet PC and Gangnam Style.

The tablet PC has the capacity to be the biggest change in technology since the mobile phone and if it lives up to the hype will take off in 2013.  It's a PC, an ereader, can surf the web, read emails and, via software such as Skype, a phone. It's also small and light so easily transportable in a bag.

The second thing is Gangnam Style, a song that came out of South Korea, is sung mostly in Korean, features a portly rapper and has become as ubiquitous as McDonalds.  It's spawned innumerable spoofs and will probably be around in twenty years time, in much the same way as the Birdie Dance.

So I'll leave you with the youtube of Gangnam Style and few videos of songs that, had the internet been around in their time, would very likely have had a similar impact.

And on that note I bid you adieu and would remind you that today is World Soundcheck Day: 1 2 1 2 1 2.

See you on Friday.


Kelley Lynn said...

Oh that song. Haha.

Martin Willoughby said...

Kelley: Which one? Given your young age it's probably Gangnam Style.