TEN THINGS THAT WILL DISAPPEAR IN OUR LIFETIMES

Posted on 02/01/2016

1. The Post Office

2. The Cheque Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with cheque by 2018.  It costs  the financial system billions of dollars a year to process cheques.  Plastic  cards and online transactions will lead to 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.

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 "catalogue 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. 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.