Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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I remember when people thought the future wouldn't happen

I remember when people told me that the CD would never catch on, because people liked the ceremony of placing a piece of vinyl on a turntable. That the sound just wasn't as good. And, of course, that nobody would replace their beautiful album covers with these tiny squares of plastic.

I remember when people told me that MP3s would never catch on, because people liked having a physical object to hold in their hands and see on their shelves. That the quality wasn't the same. And, of course, you wouldn't have any cover art at all.

I remember when people told me that ebooks would never catch on, because listening to songs digitally was one thing, but people want to hold a book in their hands. That the experience would be different without that reassuring weight. And, of course, there's nothing like new book smell.

I remember when people told me that Steam wouldn't catch on. That people want to have a physical box for their game. That just knowing it's there at the other end of the internet isn't secure enough, when it might vanish into the ether at any moment. And, of course, the experience of opening the box for the first time is irreplaceable.

And I wonder what the next thing that will never catch on will be. What the next thing that is a natural part of human existence, that nobody would ever change, will be.



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