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10 things that will be gone in our lifetime

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this has been going around on the web, looks pretty much true, what do you think?

Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime​

This is USA oriented, but Canada & the rest will not be far behind. Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come.

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 "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. TelevisionRevenues

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.

All we will have left that can't be changed are "Memories".
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Music is dying, but that is because so few young people are playing in bands and schools don't have live bands for dances.

When I was in junior high we had dances all year and live, young rock bands provided the entertainment. There were thousands and thousands of bands across our country and these fed into fewer and more talented professional bands.

Why? Kids have a very low threshold for work without instant gratification. Guitars and drums take sustained practice before you become worth listening to. With the mass appeal of spectator electronic entertainment, skills like using a claw hammer and building something in the garage, painting, fixing your own plumbing or car are all falling by the wayside.

As far as music dying because of some big greed and corruption conspiracy theory, I don't buy it. Never before has it been easier to publish one's writing, video, photographs or music without the big business middle man involved.

There just aren't as many musicians out there and even fewer are worth listening to.

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Interesting take on the future.

I'm not sure the land line phone will go away that quickly though. There are many business that still use a fax machine and I'd like to see a cube farm office situation with all the workers having company cell phones.

Although we have cell phones, and we live within the city of Portland, we don't get a good enough signal in our house to be able to get rid of the land line. We can walk two blocks up the hill and have 5 bars, but at home the cell phone will ring, but the call immediately drops. It seems to be a problem for all the major cell phone carriers at our location. I know, get a booster.....only if my neighbors go in on the expense.
Some of us still buy paper books and always will. With the ease of print on demand now the major publishing houses no longer can control what is printed.

Perhaps we are returning to the period around the time of the American Revolution where people had secret printing presses and printed handbills advocating their ideas. We now have TV and radio but those are still controlled by government and corporate interests.

I love the idea of everyone having freedom of speech and the press and being able to disseminate their ideas to a wide audience for discussion and action. That was what our founders envisioned. I hope the paper book remains the foundation of our democracy.

There have been several recent studies that indicate that those who read books enjoy the process much more than those who read a plastic screen.

Books are not going away.

And cell phones will not fully replace land lines until reception is an order of magnitude better than it is now.
Music is not going anywhere.

Agreed, heck with YouTube, we might get better quality musicians than some of the garbage that is out there.
cant forget "true" native steelhead lol
They will never go away. Even if proven by genetic testing those who command money and power from the true wild steelhead will insure they exist forever, lol.
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The landline is not going away. If you have an internet connection at home, wireless router, etc. you need a telephone number associated with it, hence the L/L. The regular telephone that runs on a L/L for home use, yes. They are few and far between.

Photos are not going away anytime soon either. You can have 25,000 pictures and your mother's chili recipe on your 'cloud', it doesn't matter. You will always want a photo to look at on more than a 2"-4" inch screen.

One thing you left out that will be completely gone. Personal responsibility of any kind. :palm:
Music is not going anywhere.
Agree, if fact it is getting better and better.
MUsic is not going anywhere - just the business model has changed and publishing a song is cheap. Has nothing to do with high school bands. If that was the case - it started in the 60's with 8 track for schools that could not afford bands.

Lots of areas in the country where internet is not available- so I see at least 30 years before many things go away . PArticularly dial up phone.

Would love to see TV go to cafeteria stype - pay for what you use. so if you like some of the minor programs - just pay a higher price.

I see teaching changing rapidly and more online courses - Most people do just fine with on line courses.
The landline is not going away. If you have an internet connection at home, wireless router, etc. you need a telephone number associated with it, hence the L/L. The regular telephone that runs on a L/L for home use, yes. They are few and far between.
What? We have all those things and no land line. We use a cable service like everybody else. If I id need a phone number I could use my MagicJack number, no land line.
Yeah, the land line isn't going anywhere in our lives. Cell "service" is still spotty in TOWN, much less in the country.

Music will be around as long as it has been....CENTURIES!

As far as "storing something in the cloud", ONLY as a back up. As soon as the cloud is compromised and it will happen, even the tech nerds will start pulling back. Conspiracy question, would "they" tell us if the "cloud" was compromised?

Oh yeah, does anyone remember SKYNET? Do you REALLY want your ENTIRE LIFE in the "cloud"?

Privacy? What's that? I can see that becoming hard to come by, bu we don't have to send "them" everything.

I had a guy tell me that we were going to a cashless society, TWENTY YEARS AGO. Tell that to people who shopped at target!!!!!
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