Time Magazine just released a list of what they’ve deemed The 50 Worst Inventions. Most notable on the list are recent inventions such as the Segway Scooter and the Facebook Application Farmville. I’m no fan of either of them but I am a fan of Hip Hop so let’s take a look at it’s influence on the list.
First up, Venetian-Blind Sunglasses. These hideous things were left back in the 80’s until but Kanye decided to go back and pick them up. They took a couple unneeded swipes at him in the process but he did bring them back into style.
Next up on the list, Fake Ponytails. Sorry ladies but I put this, weave and wigs in the same category. I know someone won’t like that but fake hair should be left for play time, stage or theater. IF you want long hair, grow it. While we’re on the subject, Hair in a Can and Bumpit also made the list.
The last on this list is Auto-Tune. I’m not sure if abuse of an invention should make it appear on the list but i am sick of hearing the damn thing. See here for a list of offenders. There are too many to list.
Certainly the sound had it’s place with Zapp and Roger’s use of the talkbox.