According to the extinction list, the music industry is dying a slow death. Not because of pirating or illegal downloading, but by industry greed and corruption. Innovation is being stifled, and almost half of all music being purchased today is traditional items by older artists.
It is said that television revenues have plummeted. That doesn’t surprise me, because I swear that in 1955, with only one channel available (5), there was more to watch than I have now with a premium satellite package.
What has happened to dumb-down our viewing choices? I’m looking forward to the day when we can chose our programming online or through such options as Netflix. Just the other night, I rigged up my laptop to our television and Helen and I enjoyed the 1964 movie, “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” via a YouTube video – free of charge.
Rounding out the list destined for the dumpster are “things” we personally own – cursive handwriting and personal privacy. Who knows what’s next?
Like prehistoric lizards, wooly mammoths, or honest politicians, I’m learning we need to adapt or cease to exist. While it’s difficult at times for older folks like me, we must learn to embrace the modern innovations that supposedly enhance our lives. Yet, we must be careful not to carelessly discard traditional values and things that also give our lives meaning.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.