Even though listening to radio was a common pastime of the 1920's, some people thought it was a waste of time and would quickly become unpopular. However, the same was said about television, and look at both of them now. Not only did these new inventions shape our economy, but they also brought about a new sense to American living.
Radio is "virtually useless," "just another disintegrating toy." Radio is "a Tremendous Contribution," "the only means of instantaneous communication yet devised by man." Radio "will elect the next president"; its listeners comprise "an organization that in days to come will be the most powerful in the world." However one judged radio as it grew from a "helpless youngster" into a "husky adolescence," one thing was clear—"There it is, up in the air, absolutely free, waiting for you to pull it down with the aid of electricity."
Automobiles made it easier to travel for leisure and as commutes. As more people bought automobiles, society and economics started to revolve around this new invention. Automobiles provided fast, easy transportation of people and goods to places that previously would have to travel by train, horse, or even walking.