When the paper no longer arrives, will you miss the sound of it sliding across the porch, coming to an abrupt rest against your front door?
When the bulk mail and government subsidies are no longer enough to keep the mail service alive, will your dog miss the excitement of the mailbox clatter and you, the discussion of the daily weather?
When the bank teller and shoe cobbler and the small appliance repair shop share the same place in our history books, will you miss the opportunity for someone who always remembered your name?
Soon, we will never again purchase music or rent videos from a store. We will increasingly work from our home, learn from our home, even travel from our home through a virtual world.
How, then, do we claim to live a more connected life?
The next generation will not likely know what it means to hold music in their hands nor blow dust from the cover of a book. E-readers will offer instant access to everything, which may improve literacy or reduce appreciation … or both.
Ironic that in a growingly connected world, it seems to me, people are actually more alone despite their always being online. Reaching out through instant feeds and sharing hundreds of snippets of noisy nothing while failing to explore the depth of silence.
In a world of “no more” it seems to me the ideal application will be one which turns off all our gadgets, gizmos, and devices in order to say clearly, “no, more.”