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Nine Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime
2/14/13 | Email

Posted on 02/14/2013 3:23:19 PM PST by Libloather

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. 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. 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. 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.


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Whew! At least guns and FR didn't make the list.

The laundry man? What the heck is that?

1 posted on 02/14/2013 3:23:28 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

10. My 401K


2 posted on 02/14/2013 3:25:46 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Libloather

Music? no way, thats dumb.


3 posted on 02/14/2013 3:25:47 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Libloather

I doubt whether music will disappear.


4 posted on 02/14/2013 3:26:51 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Libloather

“The laundry man? What the heck is that?”

I be the laundry man in this house. With two kids we have to have a laundry man and a laundry woman.


5 posted on 02/14/2013 3:27:36 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Libloather

Most brick and mortar stores will disappear particularly multi-purpose stores like sears and walmart. A few will survive where the real estate is cheap but even those will feature a lot of online ordering stations for later delivery.


6 posted on 02/14/2013 3:29:04 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Libloather
I disagree about the land line. Improvements in fiber optic cable will make it more advantageous than having wireless alone, of course we will always have music. I somewhat disagree about books.
7 posted on 02/14/2013 3:29:20 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: beebuster2000

At least not as long as Bluegrass is around.


8 posted on 02/14/2013 3:29:49 PM PST by Not now, Not ever! (Girlfriend suggested I use pelosi in place of swear words, A good idea, I think)
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To: Libloather

Books have been around forever and will probably still be around in the future.


9 posted on 02/14/2013 3:30:02 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Observe any person, whatever their age, and you’ll see that music is a part of them. If music is extinct, it’s because we’re extinct.


10 posted on 02/14/2013 3:31:43 PM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Libloather
The land line telephone. Fixed computers. 24 KV distribution wires across the landscape...

Hopefully, Democrats.

11 posted on 02/14/2013 3:31:47 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to be "protected" by government.)
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To: Libloather

Oh, and allow me to add: the steering wheel.


12 posted on 02/14/2013 3:32:24 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to be "protected" by government.)
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To: Libloather

I hope one of them is Obama!


13 posted on 02/14/2013 3:32:33 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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I’m keeping my rocking chair and my banjo too.


14 posted on 02/14/2013 3:34:34 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Libloather
1. let it burn.

2. Can do without.

3. Parrot will use plastic bags.

4. F7u12

5. A what?

6. Music will live forever on iTunes.

7. Meh

8. F7U12

9. F20U20

15 posted on 02/14/2013 3:36:04 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: beebuster2000

they’re talking about NEW music. Haven’t you noticed how hard it is to find new music that’s worth a shit?


16 posted on 02/14/2013 3:36:58 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Libloather

Common sense and decency did not make the list as they are already dead!


17 posted on 02/14/2013 3:39:34 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Slump Tester

Listen to Alabama Shakes. They came out of a rock n roll time warp.


18 posted on 02/14/2013 3:39:53 PM PST by Half Vast Conspiracy (Based on a letter from an 8 year old…school is now illegal…”cuz it’s yuckey and dumb".)
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To: Libloather

Disagree with tv. no one is content with watching superbowl on itty bitty screen. i thinl the movie theatre may go though.


19 posted on 02/14/2013 3:42:29 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Libloather

Watches; most people just use their cells.


20 posted on 02/14/2013 3:42:41 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Libloather

Music existed long before there was an industry dedicated to crushing it, and will continue to exist after that industry dies. Given YouTube and social networking, it may actually be easier to reach an new audience these days.


21 posted on 02/14/2013 3:45:20 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Slump Tester
They’re talking about NEW music.


22 posted on 02/14/2013 3:47:50 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Libloather

Music and televisoin...well, goood riddance. I have had enough of the $hit they call music and the same old tired tv shows on different channels that I have seen at least a hundred times. Good, now my husband will let go of cable TV.


23 posted on 02/14/2013 3:48:57 PM PST by elephant
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To: Donnafrflorida; mickie
Definitely the movie theaters will disappear.

The bijou in our little town is now a small dinner theater for Broadway show re-creations.... with local talent. They put on pretty good musical productions and drama.

But that won't last either.

Folks will become cocooned in their homes even more than they are now.

Leni

24 posted on 02/14/2013 3:52:02 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Libloather

Obama said I could keep my doctor.


25 posted on 02/14/2013 3:52:16 PM PST by umgud
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To: Libloather

Pictures, music, newspapers, television....
These things are temperal. People need to think about eternity.

http://www.patburt.com/


26 posted on 02/14/2013 3:54:14 PM PST by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: Libloather
Thanks for posting. Coincidentally, I stumbled upon a 2009 FR thread this morning after a colleague referenced the days in the “word processing department”. This thread talks about technologies that are about to go extinct.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2229698/posts

Interesting list and I enjoyed reading through the 130+ posts by the Freepers discussing many already-extinct technologies.

27 posted on 02/14/2013 3:54:42 PM PST by Alright2BRight
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To: Libloather

Post Office is unionized, govt backed.
It will be around longer than the cockroach and house fly.

Television will continue to prosper on live sports if nothing else.

Privacy is definitely gone. We didn’t realize that the breakthrough “big brother” advert for Apple in 1984 portended exactly the opposite of what was expected.


28 posted on 02/14/2013 3:54:48 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Donnafrflorida
"Disagree with tv. no one is content with watching superbowl on itty bitty screen"

Computer monitors can be large and full HD these days.

29 posted on 02/14/2013 3:55:50 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Alright2BRight

I still have a (legacy) “digital” land line....


30 posted on 02/14/2013 3:57:57 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Slump Tester
they’re talking about NEW music.

Oh! Then let's add "how to write meaningful English" to the list.

31 posted on 02/14/2013 4:04:16 PM PST by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

Not bad. Any other suggestions?


32 posted on 02/14/2013 4:06:08 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: demshateGod
If music is extinct, it’s because we’re extinct.

We may well be obsolete. Think about it. As computers become smarter and smarter robots will be more able to fly aircraft, handle automobiles, control traffic, etc. Powerful computers have already displaced many humans from their jobs....project that forward in time. Without planning on our part, the future may be ugly as computers and robots try to dispose of us, their creators, controllers.

33 posted on 02/14/2013 4:06:31 PM PST by Rapscallion (Homeland Security is buying millions of bullets - for you. So you can't buy ammo at all.)
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To: elephant
Good, now my husband will let go of cable TV.

Have you axed him about that?

34 posted on 02/14/2013 4:08:30 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: umgud

Please don’t tell me you believed him.


35 posted on 02/14/2013 4:09:38 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

“listen to Alabama Shakes...”

Amen Brother..there will always be a few who get it right...


36 posted on 02/14/2013 4:15:30 PM PST by massatoosits
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To: Libloather
4. The Book - You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages.

Say what?!?

-PJ

37 posted on 02/14/2013 4:16:38 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Libloather
#10: The Republican Party. Cause of death: Ideological Irrelevancy, brought on by leadership failure:


38 posted on 02/14/2013 4:18:32 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Libloather

Funny how this says privacy will be gone without condemning for that the very things on this list it so lauds. Writing checks is more private than magnetic strips, just as real cash is more private than all. Using some kind of Internet for saving files is definitely a privacy/corruption problem, and so on. Anything involving networked electrons is a threat to privacy. That includes your e-books.

Nevermind it’s easier to flip through a real book to find something fast than swipe-swipe-swipe. And land lines are great when cells stop working, and they just fit better. Unless you’re hooked to the new FO, which doesn’t work when power is out.

It’s ridiculous to say music will die.


39 posted on 02/14/2013 4:19:58 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: demshateGod

Or muslim. Music is haram in islam. Islam promises that those who listen to music on Judgement day will have molten lead poured into their ears.


40 posted on 02/14/2013 4:28:25 PM PST by LastNorwegian
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To: Libloather

There is so much great music being made every day that I don’t have time to discover and listen to it. Unfortunately, we won’t hear any of it on the radio. Certainly, music CDs will be obsolete ten years from now.


41 posted on 02/14/2013 4:41:49 PM PST by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: Slump Tester

There’s some decent new music on youtube


42 posted on 02/14/2013 4:42:00 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize - Voltaire)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

11. The United States

I promise this nation won’t survive another Obama term. The deck is stacked against us.


43 posted on 02/14/2013 4:43:17 PM PST by Carbonsteel
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To: Libloather

Liberalism: to be replaced by fasciastic socialism.


44 posted on 02/14/2013 4:53:11 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

> “Nevermind it’s easier to flip through a real book to find something fast than swipe-swipe-swipe.”<

Who searches by swiping? Enter a search term and search a thousand pages in a second. I’ve been a lover of books (the physical objects) all my life, but in recent years have totally gone over to ebooks. Virtually all the classics (and many non-classics) are available in electronic form for free.

Though not as good for books that have large diagrams, for reading most kinds of texts ebook readers are much better. They are light, easy to hold, and you can adjust the text size and font to suit you. I consider the ebook reader one of the greatest inventions of the last half century.


45 posted on 02/14/2013 4:54:18 PM PST by GJones2 (Ebooks)
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To: Slump Tester

Boy ain’t that the truth!! Oh. Except for this fairly recent song..... :)

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-TC2xTCb_GU


46 posted on 02/14/2013 4:54:35 PM PST by murrie (For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son.......)
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To: Libloather

I’m trying to downsize my place and am taking bags of books to the library for their book sale. I refuse to buy any more hard copy books. DVD’s are another story.


47 posted on 02/14/2013 5:10:12 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: LastNorwegian

Wow. That is really satanic. Paul tells Christians to speak to each other in spiritual song, and I’ve noticed that many times when God is speaking in the Old Testament it is in verse. Can’t wait to hear the music!

Which may be why music today is so awful. It is a reflection of the soul. I listen to country and classical, and sing in the morning. No more classic hymns on the radio anymore. Today’s kids won’t know the words to Amazing Grace.


48 posted on 02/14/2013 5:41:19 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: Rusty0604

Watches; most people just use their cells.”

Not only watches but alarm clocks. Although I have about 30 stored in a bag in my jewelry box and haven’t worn one for at least 10 years, my youngest grandson and all his friends wear them. Might be because this group of parents has decided that kids don’t need cell phones.


49 posted on 02/14/2013 5:53:29 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: beebuster2000
Music? no way, that's dumb.

Agreed.

50 posted on 02/14/2013 6:07:01 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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