Niviene (niviene) wrote,

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The shape of things to come?

Slightly nostalgic walk home today....I had to pass the 'Rogers' store where I used to rent movies....used movies left just rows of empty shelves and boxes. The employee, who knew a lot about movies from many genres, and with whom we used to chat with about the latest movies - what's out, good or not worth seeing/renting waved to me from the window. Those chats will never happen again........made me sad really.

Made me think about how it seems like the end of an era and so many things are changing fast.....who knows maybe in the not too distant future everything will be purchased over the internet..reminds me of this YA dystopian book called Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky where everything is done on the computer and nobody interacts with each other anymore...


Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her. Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking. In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.

I can't imagine what it would be like not to be able to walk in a store to buy a book, or a dress, or groceries or watch a movie or a play or concert.....can't imagine not interacting with the world around me and with this what we want for our world? Half the fun of shopping is going out with our bffs or bfs - hanging out, going out to eat or seeking entertainment of some form but what if that's no longer the norm in 20 years? Is this what we want the future to look like?

Not what I'd want...I don't know about you....
Tags: musings, retail_closings
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