Not dead yet

There’s a tendency these days, when noting how things are changing, to shrug the shoulders and say, ‘Well, that’s it then. That’s just the way things are going. We’ll never see that again,’ or ‘That will never come back like it was before, because people just don’t care about stuff like that any more.’ Or, ‘It’s all this new technology. People don’t have time to do curling or watch local live hockey or join clubs or go skiing, or get together for (this, that or the other) social activities.’
Or read books. Or read newspapers. Blah, blah, blah.
Well. Maybe. Or maybe not. A recent news item had the surprising and pleasing information that old-fashioned book sales were up something like six per cent over last year, and that purchase of e-books was down 10 per cent or so. So it would seem the pendulum swung about as far as it was going to in one direction, and now is swinging back the other way. It’ll keep swinging until it settles down, leaving plenty of room for the survival of the good old paperback (or hardcover, for that matter) book. The electronic version is not always better, or easier, or more fun.
Movies, let’s remember, were predicted to ruin live theatre. Didn’t happen. Radio, when it came along in the 1920s, was going to kill the newspaper. Television, when it showed up in the late 1940s, was definitely going to finish off radio and of course the newspaper as well. Live theatre, if not dead already, would not stand a chance.
The Internet, of course, is going to kill off television, radio and newspapers. Let’s throw in movie theatres while we’re at it. And live theatre? You mean it still exists?
Things are changing, no question. But we’re not dead yet.

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