Bob wrote:This is all nothing more than just another part of the digital/electronic technology revolution debate.
The question of whether we still need libraries with printed books is the same question as do we still need print versions of newspapers. Or do we still need movie theaters to exhibit movies. Or do we still need a landline telephone. Or do we still need a Shopper paper for classified advertising.
The answer is that we are in transition. There is still a place for all of those things but they are all gradually losing ground. And with enough time it will all go the way of the horse and buggy.
Just remember when you let that happen. Millions more jobs will be lost. Think back on the thread I made about "technology killing us".
and then I want you to think forward a hundred years from now. To a society that has all of its information in a sky box account. All your finances, no hard books excist, only from your sky box account. All your childrens photos sit in a little electronic mini picture frame that automaticaly flips the page every 2 seconds. Thn I want you to imagine that all of your data, everything bout you is known to the gov and the advertisers who have bots that stream through your personal data everyday and send you little advertising messages in your sunglasses, on your tv all directed specifically at you, for you. Then I want you to imagine that something happens and the power grid and the satelite are GONE. None of your electronic gadgets work, all your electronic wall photos, blank. No access to your funds, no access to any outside information other than your neighbors. Nothing.
And before you imagine all of that. Imagine a full scale war of the worlds. Because in order for a society like that to arrise, the society will have to give up every single ounce of freedom it has.
all those gadgets I just spoke about. they are already invented. And through the deguise of free market advertisment, access to our personal information has been sold ad is used for more than just telling us we really want to eat a bacon cheeseburger.