Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

Many things have already disappeared in our lifetime… here are others:

Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

This article 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 do not 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.

All we will have left that can’t be changed are “Memories”.

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  • gigi  On 07/12/2014 at 7:54 pm

    Good riddance to 1,2,3,5,7. Good luck getting people to pay to read online newsprint. Newspapers have become too partisan. Good journalism has gone the way of sensationalism, shoddy and unethical reporting. No reasonably intelligent person is going to pay to read such drivel. NYT, The Independent, The Economist, and a few others have all tried to get me to subscribe to read their online news by limiting the number of articles I can read for free. I just read the free ones and move on. I get to read a few Stabroek News articles this way too. However, I will never pay to read their “news” and could care less if they fail!

    I’m not ready to give up physical books, though I do sometimes appreciate the convenience of an e-reader. Two years ago my husband gave me a Kindle Fire and I gave it away because I hated the cold, clinical and detached experience I got from reading my first book on it. Earlier this week, I made another attempt at reading a book online and got to 5 pages of Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ before giving up. I’m now waiting for my local library to contact me when the book comes in. I love the feel and experience of reading an old and worn book. I’m glad my kids also share a love for old books (they have 30 very old Enid Blyton books and refuse to part with them) although they are just as comfortable with e-books. Just the other nigh when it was storming outside we pulled several poetry books from the bookshelf and took turns reading selected poems and discussing them – Lewis Carroll, Robert Frost, Emily Dicksinson, Edward Lear, Shel Silverstein. My mom used to read poems to us and my favourite was ‘The Raggedy Man’ by James Riley. She also used to sing to us and my favourite songs were ‘Swanee River’ and ‘Oh, No, John.’ I cannot sing but she passed that gift onto my kids and I love when they sing the songs from ‘Phantom of the Opera’. The timeless classics are timeless. And great modern works will withstand the test of time, too.

  • bernard  On 07/12/2014 at 8:37 pm


  • Albert  On 07/12/2014 at 11:16 pm

    The bottom line is that digital technology is replacing all the functions many people perform. tax preparers, stock brokers to name a few. Its going to get more dramatic: doctors are going to rely more on computer programs to diagnose illness. A single doctor brain cannot recall the thousands of symptoms for the multiple of diseases but a computer can. It is predicted that the computer, after the programs are fully developed, will diagnose more accurately than our friendly family doctor.
    Even more traumatic is the pea size technology which they will be able to implant permanently in humans to provide much of the same information received in the basic blood work.
    Digital technology will put many out of work. The question is where will there be new jobs.

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 07/13/2014 at 10:17 am

      Albert, when we make ourselves obsolete, there will be no more need for human reproduction.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 07/13/2014 at 9:35 am

    This Technology was prophesised thousands of years ago. There will come a time when nos 1-10 and more will happen due to the works of Mad scientists and Greedy people the world over. Every country in this world will experience this Dark Age Technological twists and turns motivated by a new culture of greed and ignorance.The lives of people who are today 68-70 years of age and who have left their countries for economic and family reasons have contributed to this dismal situation facing the global village. My Guru used to say that the Universities are producing qualified people to do what. The job of one Economist is now done by 1000 economist everywhere. These highly qualified technocrats must be paid and where will the money come from. Our lives were not meant to remain static, no we evolved from village life to urban living with its own demands, some of us migrated to the metropolitan cities and lost our own culture. We adapted from colionialism. to neo colonialism, then from the theories of Capitalism and Socialism and Communism. How have we been helped by our leaders who adopted one of these ISMS. In 189 countries that made up this global village u can find 560 million people in Asia without Toilets in their homes and communities and so they squat everywhere. Is this Technological Advancement in this Dark Age? Diseases are rampant and the HIV/Aids crisis still looms over our head for want of an effective vaccine. The price we must pay for these developments are well listed as Nos 1to 10 but there are more and its left to the vivid imagination of the reader. Once Ms Golda Meir the late PM of Isarel said Oh, how much I have longed to walk the streets of my birth and meet with my fellow villagers whoever may be left to meet and chat. She said this in all earnestness as that was a natural calling of all individuals. The Guyanese on line is good program by Cyril Bryan because it allows us to interact one way or the other. We too long to walk the streets of our birth! This jet age has robbed us of a good night sleep, we may be mentally deranged and depressed due to changes around us that we cannot adapt to. Think about the consequences of living in the Dark age.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/13/2014 at 1:20 pm

    This is the unintended consequences of [in a word] globalization.

  • walter  On 07/13/2014 at 1:34 pm

    What was it called,ahmmm Conversation.Bye Bye.

  • denis Ward  On 07/18/2014 at 5:37 pm

    what use is there for the printing press?

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