Megan McArdle (via Will Wilkinson) implores us to check out our first order ever placed on Amazon.com.
The inspiration for such comes from the fact that early 20th century memoirs often contain very detailed accounts of people getting new technology that drastically changes their lives; like the automobile, the water-closet, and the refrigerator. I (along with Megan) never even think of the first time I used an mp3, eBay, or an airline booking site…but all three have drastically changed my life. Is our capacity for surprise much less than in earlier times? Possibly, but I don’t think that is the real answer. I think that within my lifetime, the biggest tipping-point-like change has been the computer (I do remember my first computer experience well). Otherwise, while everything has changed rather rapidly, the process has followed a fairly logical evolutionary path such that I can see the roots of the design.
Unfortunately, I lost an early account that I had around 2003 and had to create a new one, so my “first order” was in 2004. It was the Moldovian band O-Zone’s album: Disc-O-Zone. You may recognize them from being popularized by Gary Brolsma.