Magazine March 23, 2020, Issue

Our Technological Renaissance

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Claims of stagnation are not persuasive

Iput on a record today.

Well, I didn’t put on a record, so much as I put on a . . . well, a what? It wasn’t a vinyl plate or a spool of tape or even a piece of shiny circular plastic. Indeed, whatever physical medium was being used to store the music I was listening to wasn’t available to me at all. It simply came in through the air—like lightning. From the comfort of my chair, I picked up my iPhone, chose the album I wanted from the million-strong list that loaded instantly before my eyes, and directed the

This article appears as “Claims of stagnation are not persuasive” in the March 23, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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