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Imagine a Day without albums

Imagine a day without books, or magazines, or newspapers. Imagine a day without albums, or compact disc, or DVDs.

Imagine a day without books, or magazines, or newspapers.  Imagine a day without albums, or compact disc, or DVDs.

Does the idea of streaming movies, downloading your daily newspaper, and only being able to listen to your music from a small device appeal to you?

I don’t like having to download my music, my movies, or my news.   Compressed music doesn’t bring to life the sounds that the artist recorded; streaming movies lack the beauty and depth of the widescreen images, and electronic newspapers and magazines can be frustrating, especially when you need to flip back a page or two—you’re really not sure how many.

Imagine a day when there are no hard products sold. No pages to turn, no album to flip over, or no dvd to share with a friend.  When we become a frontline-digital-download-only society? When the only way to get information and entertainment is to sit in front of a computer to retrieve it?  Will all generations embrace this?  Truthfully, this concept is terrifying to me.  After sitting in front of a computer screen at work, sitting in front of one at home is not the way I want to enjoy my free time.  I want to relax on my couch to watch a favorite movie; I want to sit in my favorite chair with my newspaper spread open in my lap; and I want to turn on my stereo, put an album on my turntable or a cd in my disc player, and listen to the music and range of sound that comes through a good set of speakers and a high quality receiver.

There’s something personal when a friend hands you a favorite book to enjoy.  It’s visceral.  That human connection gets lost in just another word on a screen.

Yes, I am what they call old school, and I embrace the way a newspaper sounds and feels and smells.   Fortunately, local newspapers are still printing and have a dedicated following.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the convenience and immediacy of our digital world; I just can’t imagine a completely digital world and I hope that I never have to.

I remember a day not long ago when record companies said they would never sell another record.  I am happy to say that they were wrong.  Today Merle’s Record Rack still gives the people what they want–because they ask for it.

Blog Post by Mike Papa

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J. K. Hannon February 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Great post Mike, I too certainly appreciate the convenience of my digital devices, how you can look up a piece of information instantly that would have taken a large amount of time in the old school way or watch a movie on your device while on an airplane so you can avoid the bad movies they inevitably show however, as you say there's something to be said for the older technologies that in many ways enhance the experience. I enjoy reading the hard copy of the Sunday New York Times while listening to an album or disc on these cold winter days. Yesterday with my driveway still unplowed I resorted to the digital edition on my tablet and while there's a lot more information on the digital edition it took me 3 times longer to get through the sections I usually read. A frustrating experience. At least I was lucky enough to have power and therefore could still read the paper and listen to an album on the turntable that you repaired several months ago. E-mail, texting and social media are very convenient, you can communicate with untold numbers of people instantly but there is something to be said for actually talking to someone on the phone, or better yet face to face, it creates a connection that you don't get otherwise. One of the most disturbing things to me is when you go out to a restaurant and there's a family of 4 sitting at a table nearby and nobody is looking at or talking to anyone because they're all on their tablets or smart phones. Sad commentary.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 04:41 PM
I really enjoyed this post too. Of course, I love the digital aspect of things and how quickly we have access to information. I definitely didn't look forward to looking through encyclopedias for research - it's much easier now. But there's nothing like holding a book in my hands. I keep on thinking I should get an e-reader because maybe it will result in me reading more. But I still haven't gotten one. As for the constant contact with the phones, someone once told me that their friendship circle has a rule: Everyone puts their phones in the center of the table and the first person to pick one up has to pay the bill!

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