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SaintLouieWoman
08-01-2011, 09:46 AM
9 Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime.


Something to think about.

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, FedEx, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day 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 handheld 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.

All we will have that can't be changed are memories.

NJCardFan
08-01-2011, 10:20 AM
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."

I call shenanigans on this. Before there was an interwebs, underground bands and innovative bands had no problem getting a following. The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Velvet Underground, and pretty much every punk band found their way into the mainstream without even MTV. Hell, if it weren't for bootlegs, a lot of those bands wouldn't have even made it out of the bars. Good music will always find the right ears.

Arroyo_Doble
08-01-2011, 10:25 AM
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."


I disagree with this. Every generation wants their own soundtrack.

Apocalypse
08-01-2011, 10:50 AM
#1. Post Office. Not likely. In most likelihood, it will be reforged into some thing slightly different, downsized in most respects and likely only deliver every few days opposed to now. But it will remain.

2. The Check. Like the penny. Its not going any where. Agencies will talk about phasing it out, but in the end, it will remain too popular to get rid of.

3. The Newspaper. More likely not fully. If any thing, we will see it more as a specialty item then a daily paper. Kinda like tabloids in the stores. But it will be a much smaller market.

4. The Book. Will remain. True book enthusiast won't switch to kindles. They will want the book feel and smell. Larger stores are folding, but the smaller ones, and online stores will keep selling them. Put into perspective. vinylrecords are still being produced and sold. Wasn't CD's and MP3s to have killed them?

5. The Land Line Telephone. Not too fast, unless the feds change the current frequency allotment. A recent article released stated that the number of carrier frequency's available are about maxed out. Meaning that the number of available cell phones have a set number. So unless the Feds clear many of these saved for Federal government agencies and military. There won't be enough for every one. Forcing the land lines to stay.

6. Music. Really? Some thing that has been around for millions of years will "Disappear in our lifetime"? So people won't be able to buy new music, of sing any more? LOL

7. Television. I know stations are struggling. But not all. Mostly those struggling is due to high cost talent, and over priced subscription fees. As well as costly regulations and dues. We may see some switchover to net, but the TV as we know it will remain for many.

8. "Things" That You Own. Wow, talk about broad. This one I take is a stab in the night to add another item. Too general.

9. Privacy. Depending on what you term as privacy. Some will argue its gone now. Others will say we still have it. This one is fully in the eye of the beholder, and will remain there.





9 Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime.

Articulate_Ape
08-01-2011, 10:59 AM
I call shenanigans on this. Before there was an interwebs, underground bands and innovative bands had no problem getting a following. The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Velvet Underground, and pretty much every punk band found their way into the mainstream without even MTV. Hell, if it weren't for bootlegs, a lot of those bands wouldn't have even made it out of the bars. Good music will always find the right ears.

Spot on, NJ.

Starbuck
08-01-2011, 12:18 PM
Music?

Some say - and I agree - that music already died, or at least reached the end if its history. Pop culture. Now, that's a separate thing. That'll never die.

All the melodies, says one well informed source I read a while back, have already been written. Won't get much argument from me on that one.

Maybe that's what the writer was trying to say. Hope so. Cause they sure won't ever stop me from whistling.:)

NJCardFan
08-01-2011, 06:46 PM
I think his point about music is that it may have reached it's zenith. But, again, I disagree. I see movie theaters severely dwindling though.

Arroyo_Doble
08-02-2011, 09:09 AM
I think his point about music is that it may have reached it's zenith. But, again, I disagree. I see movie theaters severely dwindling though.

I think it is interesting that they are reaching back into the 50's for the 3-D schtick to get people to come to the theater and buy their $10 popcorn.

megimoo
08-02-2011, 09:49 AM
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."


I disagree with this. Every generation wants their own soundtrack.

I, For once,agree with you..Every generation indeed has It's own music,it's their statement,their social manifesto..As a generation starts to grow older it is necessary for them to revolt against the previous Generation..It starts at home, first,when sons realize that their fathers are stupid, It spreads throughout a local society....1929 depression music,1933 prohibition music, 1940 war music,1950 swing,1955 rock and roll,...1964 Beatles....

Generational Social pressures are the major causes of wars...If you plot wars against Generational Social changes in America, and to a lesser extent Europe, over the past century it becomes apparent..

Wars are started to relieve Social pressures by killing as many of the new generation as possible to deflate these pressures but by doing so they generate permanent changes in the society ....

Hawkgirl
08-02-2011, 06:06 PM
#9 is the only one that is already happening.