Friday, January 24, 2014


Everyone knows that the music business took a big hit with the advent of digital technology. So did newspapers, and, basically, most forms of print media, including novels. But the advent of digital technology delivers that kind of hit to every industry, really. Retail, manufacturing, travel, even education, all are confronted by new technological challenges. Banking, healthcare and the military and police are probably immune, but I wouldn’t bet money on that. The ongoing forward course of progress even disrupts itself. The new devices and apps of today become tomorrow's forgotten and discarded. Many articles are appearing discussing the imminent end of the desktop PC. That form of computing will probably not be around in ten years. This is what happens to every gaming console, every form of mobile device. It will happen to essentially every industry. And every art form. Poetry used to be a vibrant, critically important art form. It isn't any longer. But nobody misses it, really, any more than people miss novels. The caravan has moved on. Nobody pauses to look back at the cultural losses of the past. Why would you? The current zeitgeist is very different, and has different needs.

There's no reason to feel bad about this. All things pass, in time. We're only here for a short amount of time, in this particular configuration. You, me, every possession you've ever owned, every home you've ever lived in, everyone you've ever met — everything is a temporary configuration of energy and matter. Everything changes. How well do you dance?

Now a cartoon!

The Flight from Inbal Breda on Vimeo.


Dave Roel.
The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way.
- John Stuart Mill

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