I don’t mean to alarm you, but your world is evaporating.
It doesn’t really matter what world is your world, it’s going the way of the gas station attendant. Whether your world is rotary wall phones and dumbwaiters or smart watches and Hulu, you’re toast.
- The largest taxi cab company in San Francisco has filed for bankruptcy, totaled by Uber and Lyft. The company was paying the city millions of dollars for medallions – the right to roam the streets looking for passengers – while the ride-hailing apps operate for free. Expect the wheels to come off cab companies across the nation – unless they embrace their own ride-hailing app pronto.
- Are you a cutting-edge music-streamer? Ha, you are such a dinosaur! If the music industry was an apple in the 1990s, it’s a platypus today. Streaming is king this week, but records, cassettes, eight-tracks, CDs and mp3s have all enjoyed a heyday during Holly Fisher’s lifetime (about 30 years).
- Every time you see a “don’t text and drive” ad, you are peering into the past. Driverless cars are being rolled out not just by GM and Ford but by Google, Cisco and a host of unknown companies, one of which will soon be as ubiquitous as Microsoft. The regulatory infrastructure to allow auto-autos is being cobbled together as you read this.
- Facebook owns the world, but my college students left it for their moms to play on. They’re on Instagram, Snapchat and Vine, which didn’t exist last Tuesday. If you can’t keep up with that, don’t worry; today’s middle schoolers are almost certain to communicate via some other social medium or some other medium altogether.
- ESPN is confronting its own extinction. Yes, the hegemonic lord of all sports, which has tunneled into your life via cable bundles, is quaking in its Nikes because consumers are leaving cable and streaming their content through Hulu, Amazon and Netflix. But don’t worry, the days of their business models are numbered too. Think virtual reality.
- You finally comfortable with a computer? Way to go, Horace Greeley, you’re ahead of the curve – for 1998. Mark Zuckerberg wrote his IPO letter on a phone. Say goodbye to your PC.
- Say sayonara to the word digital. The world is digital so the word is irrelevant. Talking about digital media, digital music, digital television and the like will be as redundant as these phrases: sports bar, cell phone, cable-ready TV and motor vehicle.
And that’s just a starter kit for all that’s changing. During the time you spent reading this, something dear to you became obsolete. Goodbye phone book! Tata, business card! Toodaloo, high school yearbook. Ciao, credit card!
Sadly for all, this blog lives on…