Growing up, my siblings and I didn’t have easy access to a television. As a result, our indoor entertainment usually came from playing with toys, engaging in games with each other or just sitting alone and reading a book.
When I think back on my childhood, there are two ways I remember spending a great deal of my time in the house:
- Playing with Hot Wheels cars. My brother and I had a collection of over 200 Hot Wheels and three of the Hot Wheel cities. (Ha! Good times…for the record we had the car wash set up too!)
- Looking at the pictures and reading through our newly purchased set of World Book encyclopedias. By the time I was 13 years old, I had gone through that whole set from A-Z multiple times.
These fond memories were awakened this past week while watching the evening news. One of the noteworthy topics of news, that evening, was a report that Encyclopaedia Britannica would no longer publish any more print sets. After 250 years and over 7 million sets sold they are now going to focus on their digital and online offerings.
I was thinking, “How could they just stop printing the books if we want to buy them?”
“Well do we want to buy them?”
“I do! I’m gonna get online and buy one of these final print sets!”
The only thing that kept me from making an emotional purchase was the price tag. I had to ask myself, “Ummmm…do you really want this final set bad enough to spend $1395?”
I’m still not sure…maybe you all can help me make my final decision.
Nonetheless this experience reminded me of the emotional reality of change. I’m sure it is good financially, for Encyclopaedia Britannica to make this business decision. I really do understand the rationale. However, despite my rational understanding, emotionally it’s just not cool! As a customer I should be able to special order a print set of encyclopedias 10 years from now if I want too…right?
This new era of technology, of which I am a loyal fan, has finally had a negative impact on me…
Some of you have been there already…and if not you, we all have an uncle that is still disgruntled about the fact that cassette’s replaced 8-track tapes.
Somebody out there is still coping with how the compact disc destroyed the cassette….and many of you still drive around with CD’s in your car even though it has MP3 capability. Even when it makes life easier…change is hard!
We cope…we evolve…we change…and that’s what makes us all so innovative and resilient!
As for me…I am still processing this recent news of change…so to mark this change I will post a memorial next week, to our deceased habits, gadgets and wares that have not survived our accelerating technological advancement.
To be continued…