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Ok, I know, weird title... could go in Decluttering or F&F, so I'm just sticking it general MH...
Before Gutenberg perfected the printing press, books were luxury items. Each one was laboriously crafted, copied and sewn by hand by an educated, literate person- a member of the elite. Most people would never a own a single book, let alone several.
When the printing press began churning out books, three things happened right away: the price of books fell sharply, the literacy rate skyrocketed, and a few cranks lamented the fact that pressed books were not as beautiful nor as sturdy as their handmade ancestors.
My entire life, I've dreamed of having a library of my own. Then I moved, and moved, and moved again. I had 2000 books, and I had to downsize.
I will probably never have an entire huge room in my house filled with books. But now, thanks to ereaders, I will be able to own thousands of books, many for FREE, in something that will fit in my backpack when it's time to move.
People only used to be able to listen to music when there were musicians assembled. Then you had buy a radio. Or a turntable and records. All this stuff was very, very expensive. The the transistor was invented. And those little 45 rpm records started selling for about $1 each. So if you worked for minimum wage, you'd have to work about 90 minutes to buy two 45s, that had a total of four songs on them. Now, forty years later, I'm sitting at my desk buying songs for ten cents each! An hour of minimum wage work buys you 75 songs.
Computers, which have made all this possible, have gotten dirt cheap. I remember the macs in the early 80's- they cost $7000, or $20,000 in today's dollars. Now, you can buy a computer for $400. (So, that would have been what, around $80 thirty years ago?)
I don't need to store, maintain, or house art that gives me joy. Even most poor people can afford to enjoy ten cent music and free books and $9 a month for movies from Netflix. My house is bigger and more open without racks and shelves, less to pay for, less to heat and cool, easier to clean.
And, best of all, so much better for the environment! So much less plastic, plastic, plastic.
If you made it through this, thanks. I'm just ripping the last of my CDs into LaLa and feeling reflective.
LP's to 8 track to cassette to cd to digital and the size of the equipment to play them
And, call me a cynic, but I think our culture will leave MORE THAN ENOUGH behind for future archaeologists to mine.
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