I ran into this animated GIF file posted by Jason Hirschhorn, former co-president of MySpace, on Twitter a few days ago. In 5 seconds, it highlights the disruption which first desktop computers, and then laptops have caused to paper notebooks, telephones, picture frames, calculators, books, cameras, and many other objects whose use cases can all be performed by a laptop. I really liked the simplicity with which the GIF helped me visualize this disruption.

Interestingly, laptops are themselves currently being disrupted by smartphones. That’s just the way technology works.