Got one of those emails friends send to keep themselves amused during the day. This one was a list of nine things forecast to disappear within our lifetime. I added a tenth, The Public Library. See if you agree or maybe you want to add your own. Read Part 2.
If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That is gone. It has 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, they put your habit into profiles and your ads will change to reflect those habits. “They” will try to get you to buy something else, repeatedly.
2. The Post Office
It is hard to imagine a world without the post office. Yet, ever since the arrival of the electronic mail (email), the days of the post office became numbered. They are so deeply in financial trouble that it will take a miracle for them to survive long term. Email and courier services like 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.
3. Cheques (Checks)
Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks (cheques) by 2018. It costs the financial system billions a year to process cheques. Plastic cards and online transactions are already leading the eventual demise of the cheque. 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.
In all of iPods, iPads, iPhones and access to immediate news the need for print newspapers, even free, daily ones, almost seem like an afterthought. Certainly, the young and the trendy are not reading them as they once did. Not imprint anyway. Funny thing is they are prepared to read the same newspapers online, but it will not be free.
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.
It was the convenience of being able to take your book everywhere with you that secured their intimate relationship with readers. However, that was before the arrival of the iPad. In the same space, you hold one book; the iPad can hold thousands of books, nay, and a complete library! There are many other advantages too.
You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. Moreover, the price is less than half that of a real book, not to say anything about the convenience. Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, cannot wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you are holding a gadget instead of a book.