Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

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A dan Thompson contribution
Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime
This is USA oriented, but Canada & the rest will not be far behind. 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. Email, Fed Ex, 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 check 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. 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
True, 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. The “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. Joined Handwriting (Cursive
Writing)
Already gone in some schools who no longer teach “joined
handwriting” because nearly everything is done now on computers or
keyboards of some type (pun not
intended)
10. 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..
“They” will try to get you to buy something else. Again and
again and again.
All we will have left that which can’t
be changed…….are our “Memories”.
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