Changes that are coming ( not political)
This age of computers, the Internet, wide, wide broadband communication capability (and growing),
the Cell Phone, which is not just a phone anymore, sophisticated "gadgets" like the iPod and a
multitude of others will create big and unforseen changes to this world .
Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. There will be no
going back and you best be ready to go with the flow. But, ready or not, here they come! Consider the
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. They closed down 2200 offices last year. 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. What will replace it? Either HUGE fees, a buck a letter, with ONCE a week delivery, or NOTHING. A big hole in the ground and then some other building goes over the old Post Office. Although some rich men got Congress to try to privatize it, so if any of their legislation goes through, posting will become super costly. See to it your grandkids have a keyboard!
2. The Check. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks 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. So count to 2018 and say ADIOS.
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 bakery wagon, 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. So who pays journalists to collect and write the news? ONLINE versions of all the big Dailies will charge. But don't weep for them Argentina.They were corrupt, MainStreetMedia MSM hacks, flunkies of the advertiser corporations.
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 and 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. No more cut down trees and New Authors can self PUBLISH. without literary agents or posh New York publishers, doing so for nearly free at KINDLEVILLE!
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. That's the way it is around
my house. 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 disturbing topic further, check out
the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the
Music Dies."Google that one.
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 (TV) companies to be put out of our misery.. Let the people choose what they want to
watch online and through Netflix.Roku.etc.
8. The "Things" That You Own. Many of the 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"? 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
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 ever since you first heard your neighbors having a fight and then make up sex, through the wall, or heard Prime Time Crime shows you don't ordinarily watch at full tilt through the same wall. Try a Google search on your name and see how much information is available. You will be very surprised (usually but mebbe not).
Also, there are cameras on the street, attached to most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone and that of the person coming at you looking at your weird coat and hat and shooting you to show to his chums. Or when you've got wine dribbling down your chin as you kiss your sweetie at a rave. That's goin' out on the net. 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. And "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.
All we will have that can't be changed are Memories. But there are new ways to have those. Your video phone and graphic files, your video files are all going to be hanging out in cyberspace in big scrapbooks.
10. CITY HARASSMENT - http://www.activistpost.com/2015/10/camping-on-your-own-land-is-now-illegal.html
So build barracks for the "workers," (really vacation villas for a dozen other families allowing you to buy the farm with a dozen other people chipping in.)
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