Tuesday, July 5, 2011

9 things that will disappear in our lifetime

Subject: 9 things that will disappear... In Our Lifetime


                          Interesting and true.  I sure don't want real books and music CDs to disappear though. I mean, don't we spend enough time staring at computers and electronic devices as it is?
                                9 Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime.......
                                Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come:
                                1. The Post Office . Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. E-mail, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail everyday is junk mail and bills..
                                2.The Check . Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.
                                3. The Newspaper . The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.
                                4. The Book . You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.
                                5. The Land Line Telephone .. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes
                                6. Music . This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalog items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."
                                7. Television . Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.
                                8. "Things" That You Own . Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or hand held device.That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff"or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.
                                9.Privacy . If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again. 


thomas gerendai said...

Most of this is not going anywhere

Les F said...

I think there will always be music,that's one thing that is common to all peoples & nations ,their own music. Books I r3eally like books ,I hope they do not disappear,I can somewhat see what you mean,but I don't like to read books online,(I have done so) but it's tedious,and I can put a book down where & when I want. Privacy that is not gong It's GONE.
As for TV perhaps in it's prsent form,but some sort of tv medium or onscreen thing will be around.I saw TV screens at a LAsVegas trade show (2 years ago ?) that were flat as cellophane and could wrap around a column & be viewed from any angle. So I see them still hanging around.
but always remember the more things change,the more they remain the same.
Cheers ! HF&RV

Les F said...

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Diane Roberts said...

Hope there will always be books to hold, read and collect. a world without music would be intolerable, although much of the "music" popular today is intolerable! Newspapers are becoming obsolete, because so many of us hear the news on TV or check it out on our computers. Hope TV just gets bigger and better.....minus the commercials! Cheques are being faded out here in Australia...haven't had a cheque book in at least 10 years. Landline phones have better reception here Down Under and I rarely use my IPhone except for texting and emergencies. Still think it will give me a brain tumour! Surprised the list didn't include movies theatres. There were times in the past when they seemed doomed, but they appear to be a popular form of entertainment again. More independent & foreign films are attracting a bigger audience. The popular cooking shows on TV have sparked a great interest in home cooking with the younger generation stampeding to cooking schools en masse. Life changes and I guess some things will disappear forever, but somethings seem to fade in and out of fashion. C'est la Vie!....Diane

Bob Bisnett said...

I'll echo the hope that books will stick around. I know eBooks are probably more eco friendly, but I love books. books that I can hold , thumb through, smell, .....go back to them years later and say..."did that only cost 50 cents?" and music....can't get along without that. How it's recorded and saved will change, but we have to have music.


Les F said...

I think you should or could add to that list 'Our Waistline' will disappear:.............hahahaha