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    Re: Blockbuster appears poised for mid-September bankruptcy filing

    Quote Originally Posted by BCR View Post
    Driving to the store and spending many minutes debating on what to rent is such a waste of time and exerted movement when I can sit on my couch and choose a movie online from netflix and have it mailed to me. Still I have to walk to my mailbox which is just the right amount of walking.
    I feel the same way about groceries.

    Goddamn the future is awesome.
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    Re: Blockbuster appears poised for mid-September bankruptcy filing

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    The internet has and will continue to kill business. When a good or service can be digitally transfered automatically through a wire with no human assistance, jobs are lost.
    Sort of in the same way that the telephone destroyed jobs in the Morse Code industry and the plane destroyed jobs in the cross-Atlantic cruise industry.
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    Re: Blockbuster appears poised for mid-September bankruptcy filing

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    I feel the same way about groceries.

    Goddamn the future is awesome.
    Just wait untill you can download groceries. That'll be the day.
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    Re: Blockbuster appears poised for mid-September bankruptcy filing

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Sort of in the same way that the telephone destroyed jobs in the Morse Code industry and the plane destroyed jobs in the cross-Atlantic cruise industry.
    Yes but with modern day computer programming less human interaction is needed. Merge that with a worldwide communication network, and you have a great way to put people and businesses into the ****ter.
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    Re: Blockbuster appears poised for mid-September bankruptcy filing

    Quote Originally Posted by LimeLight View Post
    Just wait untill you can download groceries. That'll be the day.
    We're getting closer and closer. As it is, you only have to wait a few hours.

    Quote Originally Posted by LimeLight View Post
    Yes but with modern day computer programming less human interaction is needed. Merge that with a worldwide communication network, and you have a great way to put people and businesses into the ****ter.
    But the same thing has been said about every technological advance since the beginning of time. As always, society will adapt to make use of new technology and improve our quality of life.
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    Re: Blockbuster appears poised for mid-September bankruptcy filing

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    We're getting closer and closer. As it is, you only have to wait a few hours.



    But the same thing has been said about every technological advance since the beginning of time. As always, society will adapt to make use of new technology and improve our quality of life.
    It certainly has increased our quality of life. But as the population continues to grow, and less are needed, what do we do? Yes technology of the past has had an effect, and we have adapted, but these advances will probably have the greatest impact we have yet to see.
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    Re: Blockbuster appears poised for mid-September bankruptcy filing

    Quote Originally Posted by LimeLight View Post
    Yes but with modern day computer programming less human interaction is needed. Merge that with a worldwide communication network, and you have a great way to put people and businesses into the ****ter.
    All the more reason to get a good education.
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    Re: Blockbuster appears poised for mid-September bankruptcy filing

    Quote Originally Posted by LimeLight View Post
    It certainly has increased our quality of life. But as the population continues to grow, and less are needed, what do we do? Yes technology of the past has had an effect, and we have adapted, but these advances will probably have the greatest impact we have yet to see.
    I just don't see any reason why we can't continue on the current path. Over the past few centuries, we've had a neverending string of technological advances that have eradicated entire industries and radically changed the way that our economy functions. Over that same period, we've seen a near-constant increase in quality of life and productivity. I don't think this new situation (which really isn't that new) is any different.
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    Re: Blockbuster appears poised for mid-September bankruptcy filing

    This doesn't surprise me. I've actually heard (from my company's CEO) that BB had the idea for video kiosks (such as RedBox) and mail order movies (such as Netflix) prior to either of those companies. But they were afraid of competing against their franchisees, so they decided to not go forward with either idea. Fear of change / adapting was what did them in.

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    Re: Blockbuster appears poised for mid-September bankruptcy filing

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    I just don't see any reason why we can't continue on the current path. Over the past few centuries, we've had a neverending string of technological advances that have eradicated entire industries and radically changed the way that our economy functions. Over that same period, we've seen a near-constant increase in quality of life and productivity. I don't think this new situation (which really isn't that new) is any different.
    The internet isn't new, but the growth of usage has spiked substantially in the past few years, mostly due to computers, phones, and other devices being cheaper more readily available. Businesses involving Books, magazines, newspapers, and pretty much any physical copy containing videos, music, information etc. are getting hit hard by companies that are making billions mainly due to the fact that they can provide the same service more efficiently, and using an a lot more smaller percentage of employees in comparison. Not to mention these businesses are getting hit due to the lack of regulation on piracy. We can continue on our current path, but we have to have some standards regarding the internet. As of now, there aren't any.
    I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

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