Sunday, April 17, 2011

Record and book stores might as well be selling buggy whips

Saturday was Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores.
Record stores are dying out as more people download music from online services. It’s a sad, unavoidable fact that we’re losing part of our culture as record stores close. (Read: “Digital culture means less public culture.”)
But times change and technology advances.
The same is true with book stores. They’re going away as people read fewer physical books. There’s no bad guy in this change. It’s just the way it is. (Someone should explain that to U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.)
What follows are some interesting articles detailing the relentless march of progress.

Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By (Book by Anna Jane Grossman)

9 Gadgets That Smartphones Made Obsolete (Huffington Post; April 12, 2011)

Beloit College Mindset List 2013 (Beloit College)

Wanna Feel Old? (Blog on Tumblr)

20 Dying Technologies (Bloomberg Businessweek; Oct. 21, 2010)

20 things that became obsolete last decade (Huffington Post: Dec. 22, 2010)

100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About (Wired; July 22, 2009)

50 things that are being killed by the Internet (The Telegraph; Sept. 4, 2009)

10 Best Things We’ll Say to Our Grandkids (Wired; Sept. 21, 2009)

Tech Evolution: 18 Gadgets that Used to be High-Tech (Gajitz)

10 Industries That Are 'Dying'? Or 10 Industries That Are Changing? (Techdirt; April 7, 2011)

The Jobs Of Yesteryear: Obsolete Occupations (NPR)

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