3 thoughts on “Paperbacks

  1. I too miss the 80s, John. Things just seemed so much simpler and laid back in those days. Well, okay, technology has made things “simpler” nowadays in many respects, but I have to agree with you about the “instant gratification” of our society. I personally do not look forward to the day when the majority of books, video games and movies will only be offered in digital format. Some companies in the industry are already going all digital.

    My take on digital is the fact that you really don’t own the product. You’re at the mercy of the company that provided you that digital product. Video games and movies are a great example. While it is very convenient to be able to download your movie or game directly to your device (in my case the PS3) what happens if the business is hacked, there is a network failure, bug, glitch, whatever and you lose access to that content. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. It’s one reason why I prefer to have a physical copy. I just don’t trust where the industry is headed… not to mention how much damn hard drive space one freakin’ game fills up. I received a bunch of digital downloads of great games on the PS3 as part of my Plus membership, but for those games that I really enjoy, I’m going to end up buying used physical copies locally… which also helps support the dying used game market.

    Great post!

  2. I’m only 13 and I wish I could have been raised in the 80’s. Good music and classic movies are part of the reason, but everything seemed so simple. You could go out and ride your bike across the city at age 6 and not worry about someone kidnapping you. Now, parents have to be overprotective with all the weirdos out there. Great post! I really enjoyed it.

  3. I HEAR THIS! I’m tired of sharing rooms with people who are constantly wired to their screens (I’m sharing a room with one right now!). What happened to watching a TV show with your full attention, to walking together, talking, conversation? I love sharing thoughts and ideas online too, but not hour of the day. I’ve rationed my own internet access, I wish everyone else would follow suit.

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