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These Changin Times!

November 21, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Whether I like it or not, I must admit that I am not what is referred to as a "Generation X'er" I'm more like a tail-end of the Baby Boomers. To translate that into ordinary speak, I remember things that happened in the 1960's.

Sometimes, that kind of hurts.

But then, it also pays off once in awhile, especially during a conversation where someone born in 1990 tries to lecture those listening about what happened in the 1980's, before they were even born. When I can pop in and state, "no, actually it happened like this" and they just deflate. Those are the times I derive a certain smug pleasure out of just watching their great statements tumble out of the sky in flames.

As the saying goes, "don't poke the bear."

But a couple of evenings ago, while reading a couple of pieces on the internet, I came across a somewhat disturbing account of how our society is forcing the obsolescence of everyday items that we take for granted. As I read the article, I struggled to believe some of what I read, and as I thought about it, I decided to share this with all of you. I think some of you might actually be somewhat concerned over what you see on this list.

Here are some things that will disappear in our lifetimes.

1. The Check When I was old enough for my own checking account, the second thing in my pockets after my wallet was my checkbook. The paper check has been a staple of our society for countless years, but in Great Britain, the financial system is working on a plan to eliminate the paper checque (English spelling there) by 2018. The reasoning is the high cost of physically processing a paper check. And, with electronic banking, there's no need for paper checks.

2. The Land Line Telephone This has been in the works for several years, due to the explosive growth of cellular communications. Today, it seems everyone has a cell phone, so why pay for having one hanging on the wall in your house? To that end, independent telephone companies lose revenues with the decline of land lines, and resultantly, income from long distance calling, as those calls are pretty much all toll-free when using a cell phone.

3. Joined Handwriting (Cursive Writing) This strikes close to home for me, as I remember the emphasis on cursive writing in elementary school, fifth grade, to be exact, and weekly competitions in the class to see who could produce the best example of the art. Today, the skill is no longer found in schools; keyboarding is the emphasis as every student has access to a computer during the school day.

4. Music This was one thing that saddened me greatly. Our music industry is dying a slow death and not just because of illegal downloading. The biggest problem is the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would hear it Over 40 percent of the music purchased today is termed "catalogue items," traditional music that the public is familiar with, from older established artists. And, this is also true on the live concert circuit, where older, name acts continue to draw sellout crowds night after night.

While we all know that time marches on, no moatter how much we'd rather the march slow down a bit, or a lot, whichever you prefer, it seems that perhaps we as a society are simply too caught up in the march of technology.

In some cases, maybe that's OK, but in other cases, at least in my humble opinion, we all need to slow down, once in awhile, and cherish what we have.

 
 
 

 

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