2000s

An Oral History of LimeWire: The Little App That Changed the Music Industry Forever

In 2001, the internet’s premier file-sharing service Napster was shut down after just two years, leaving a giant vacuum in the ever-expanding peer-to-peer file-sharing space….

Who’s Still Wearing Basketball Shorts Under Jeans?

Growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in the late ’90s, Antwan Staley’s greatest concern on a school day was how soon he could ball. The…

‘Balloon Boy’ Predicted the Entire Trash-Fire World We Currently Live In

Midday on Thursday, October 15, 2009, a silver, helium-filled balloon drifted south from Fort Collins, Colorado, toward Denver International Airport. And the nation lost its…

What Happened to the Bygone Pastime of Quoting Movies to Each Other?

I went to college in the mid-aughts, well before pop culture had evolved anything like the meme economy we know and love today. Facebook was…