For many years I wandered into my local Harvey Norman, WOW or JB HiFi store, excited and wanting to explore and buy but now the dream is dead. Now I look at shelves and shelves of material and as my hand reaches out I realise I simply don’t need to buy it.
Streaming down movies from Netflix, Quickflix, iTunes or Foxtel completely fill my viewing time leaving dozens of “will watch one day” Blu-Rays lying in cupboards gathering dust. Records and CDs previously ripped (legally) are now boxed and in storage with countless hours of MP3s waiting patiently on hard drives to be listened to and now rapidly being replaced by the ease of MOG and Spotify music streaming providing all the hours of new and old material I can imagine and more. Add in hundreds of hours of podcasts and YouTube videos and sleeping hours disappear rapidly.The radio is a lost memory.
Books and magazines are now on line so the bookshop, library and newsagents no longer hold their past excitement or attraction. Even the breakfast newspaper is waiting patiently for download, though the steadily decreasing quality of content and journalism means it easy to skip for a news app on the phone.
It is a rapidly changing and disrupted world in so many ways. The commercial stores are looking down a serious barrel of dysfunction and my shopping days are no more.