I've seen the future and I'm not sure I like it.
"It's the ultimate Socialist conspiracy."
That's what one of my coworkers said when I told him about the closing of Record and Tape Traders in Catonsville.
Basically, it all boils down to this: There is now a generation of young adults who believe music, movies, art, photography and news should be free. Gee, thanks, Internet.
There are many other factors at play here, of course, but this is a big reason why thousands of people in the journalism and music businesses are losing their jobs.
And though I'm no political idealist, when I think about it, it really seems to be cultural socialism at its finest ...
Granted, ripping music and movies is illegal, but that hasn't stopped people. Everybody who can go online has access to movies, music, art, news etc. -- for free. As a result, we've seen a drastic drop-off in the quality of some of these things.
Take news, for example. Newspapers generate a huge amount of content. They always have. Bloggers don't. They never have.
So what's going to happen when more and more newspapers fold? The quality of the news you get could very well decrease, plain and simple. And that troubles me.
Sorry for the depressing post. But this is on my mind, and I wanted to share it.
(Sun photo by Amy Davis)