Skip to comments.Nine Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime
Posted on 02/14/2013 3:23:19 PM PST by Libloather
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You forgot those fat yellow telephone books. Who is going to “let your fingers do the walking” when you can go online and pull the info up in an instant?
However books, real books, will be around as long as humanity exists. What if a catastrophe (pick one) destroyed our electric technology and wiped out all of our stored databases? Written words on paper will still be there to teach and enlighten humankind. And enlightened humans will continue to write them, even if they have to go back to clay tablets and sticks.
I will keep my land-line as long as possible.
I HATE cell phones!! They are little more than toys. The service is spotty, no matter who the carrier or where you are.
Books may be around but more as a few high dollar premium items than as “by the bushel”. Anything read once and done with will be rental model. Only real keepers will be purchased, at costs reflecting collectability over simple content delivery.
I have 26 bookcases. Any books I get now over electronic versions are either because they’re dirt cheap or special. Mundane reading, well, this iPad has several hundred books taking up no space and little total cost.
I quit listening to "popular music" radio decades ago. The crap that they present has none of the melody nor any of the innovation that one heard on radio in the 1950s and 1960s. All the current "artists" (particularly the female ones) sound alike.
and when the power goes out?
And you keep having to buy them, because they’re fragile. You forget and leave them in your jeans when you do laundry. They get stolen. If you get caught in the rain with one, it dies. You accidentally drop it in the sink or toilet. Or you accidentally drop it on a hard surface, and it shatters. I hate cell phones too. But pay phones are also becoming extinct, because it’s assumed that everybody’s got a cell phone.
My wife’s phone book collection will still be here when they excavate this lost and dead civilization.
She has kept every phone book from the last 35 years because there, “might be a number in there she needs”. Yup, from the last 6 places we have lived, got ‘em all.
Why? I ain’t got a single clue.
Catalogs are about as bad. Sounds like a form of hoarding.
80% of this list...yes. Music...never. It ain’t going anywhere. It will constantly evolve. Always has, always will. The commerce and trade of music is another story.
Ten years ago my friend got a job out of college working for the Yellow Pages selling ads. I told him to get a new job. The only thing the yellow pages were good for was starting fires.
My mailman hates me already because I never check the mail. It is only junk. I pay all my bills online.
I will miss newspapers only because they are good for eating crabs and cleaning fish.
I had a landline for about a year in my house until I realized that I only used it to call the pizza guy and then I got rid of it. I have gone 9 years cell only.
I will not give up hard copy books. I have a kindle and a tablet but they don’t always work on the beach or in the treestand while hunting.
I need TV for football and hockey.
Most of my music is classic country, classic rock, classical and reggae. Today’s music sucks, but maybe I am just getting old.
I have worn a watch since high school. I will not give it up.
You want to flip to something you know about where it is, you find it quickly.
I’m not talking about having to bring up the search function, type in some specific thing, then find it. You might not even know just what word is applicable.
Besides, so much with books is assumed you’re reading fiction stories. In non-fiction, there is much more variety and not just narrative text. In non-f, there are many more possibilities for visual cues where things should be.
Plus there is still more eye strain with digital pixels. I can attest to that.
History on the cloud will be Winston Smith's dream job.
I like not having to turn on the computer just to find a phone number or do other such little things when it’s not on. Takes at least 5 min to get them fully ready.
Very good and interesting list. Additionally, just as the Canadians have discontinued the penny, so will we. I wouldn’t be surprised with our currency devaluation that the nickel and dime won’t be far behind. The quarter may become what the penny is today. With e-commerce, this is coming.
Also, the old FM stereo systems we used to buy are all but gone now. I don’t think the cloud replaces all the hard media, but rather we will have computer hubs that control everything in our house, including our digital media and utilities, pay our bills, pretty much run our lives as much as we wish them to.
You'd be surprised how many kids agree, my son loves classic rock, won't listen to the new stuff.
Books, buy them now while you can.
Landlines? No, too many people are realizing that when (on the Gulf Coast) you get hit by a Hurricane 9 out of 10 times the ONLY thing that will work is your Landline.
You just can't passively sit back and expect the music to come to you anymore, nor can you expect to see it in a store or hear it on commercial radio. You've got to seek it out, and seeking it out is easier than it's ever been.
Don't know how to go about it anymore? Set up your own “radio station,” lol. There are several sites that allow you to do this. The pioneer and still perhaps the best known is Pandora, http://www.pandora.com although there are others.
Just go there, set up a username and password, enter in a song or musician you love and let it go, giving thumbs up to the songs it chooses that you like, thumbs down to those you don't and no rating if you're not sure. It builds an algorithm unique to you, to guide what music to play that you will like. Give it time, at least several weeks.
I guarantee you won't be saying new music sucks.
I have noticed this.
One exception is Ruby Jane.
I have a strong spacial component to my memory, so I have some books too in which I recall exactly which part of a chapter or page contains what I’m looking for, even when I don’t remember a particular word to do an electronic search. In general, though, I don’t think manual searching comes anywhere close to electronic searching.
As for eye strain with ebooks, e-ink devices (as opposed to ordinary CRTs) are easy on the eyes. Also being able to make the size of the print larger is a great advantage compared with ordinary books. The print in many conventional books is too small to be read comfortably by some persons (especially older persons). Cataracts have reduced my vision to no better than 20:30 in my best eye, but I can read ebooks with ease.
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