20 Things Made Obsolete in the Past Decade

Goodbye, Dali!

This week I have been reflecting on how many things I no longer see, use or need in light of tech advances. For instance, neither of my college aged kids need maps or watches since they have smart phones. We have a bookcase full of family videos recorded on VHS tapes. We subscribe to the printed local newspaper only because the coupons pay for themselves. Groupon may change that in 2011. And CDs? With iTunes who needs them?

Here’s a great link to You’re Out: 20 Things That Became Obsolete In This Decade.

This list reminds me that good leadership never becomes obsolete. Enjoy, and have a great weekend.

By Ken

Dr. Ken Cochrum (DMin, Bethel University) is Vice President of Global Digital Strategies at Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in Orlando, Florida. An avid cyclist and aspiring guitarist, he also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He recently co-founded, a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. He previously served as vice president of Cru’s student-led movements worldwide. He and his wife Ann spent 13 years in East Asia where they raised their two children. Ken blogs regularly at

One reply on “20 Things Made Obsolete in the Past Decade”

What I miss are the things that got people together. Arcades? Loved them. I know people are all big on gaming systems in their homes today, but I don’t care for it. The arcades were not just about playing video games. We met people and the most popular games were the ones you could play with your friends.

Breakfast places? There are a few left, but they are on life support. Instead, everyone is going to “drive throughs” and getting a donut and coffee. But again, no people. No interaction.

Movie theatres are more than just seeing a movie to me. We meet people. We say “hi” to the popcorn lady. We are surrounded by the laughter, or tension, of the rest of the audience. Making popcorn in the microwave and watching a movie by myself just isn’t the same. We’ve had two theatres close in the past year. At least we have one very nice one left.

Shopping on the internet? E-mail? Facebook? Again, I find these to all be very isolating. People crave interaction with people, they use Facebook more and more, but the craving is never satisfied.

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