PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The date was October 26, 2000 and David Pogue remembers it well— the day he wrote his first column on the tech beat at The New York Times. To Pogue, the world has “exploded” with a sweeping change from tape and paper storage to digital downloads.

Think about it—Gmail, Wi-Fi, Blueray, iPhone, Kindle, Wii, Facebook, GPS, HDTV, Xbox,Twitter and Android—all in the last ten years, all with the capability to provide information, to broaden horizons.

Who would have believed that you can sit on your sofa and see a first run movie?

Pogue argues that “things don’t replace things, they just splinter.” He mentions that TV that was supposed to kill radio, DVD the Cineplex, instant coffee instead of brewed coffee, the Kindle—books.

And schools, realizing that kids deal with all this equipment more easily than their teachers, are using instant messaging for feedback for student work, social networking to announce dance and music performances, gmail to contact parents about homework and DVDs to teach history. Who would have believed?

Reported By Dr. Marciene Mattleman, KYW Newsradio

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