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Things to Come, Part III

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Willie Sutton supposedly said he robbed banks “because that’s where the money is.” Well, Willie is dead and buried; and before long, your local branch bank may be, too. Bank of America (BOA) has said that it may have to close 700 branches to save money. Hello, BOA? Wanna’ stay in the game? Close ’em all! Every one. Tomorrow. The Internet has made brick and mortar banks obsolete.


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In the first essay in this series, I explained how the smart phone will change our lives. (Mouseover here for a preview of the essay.)

Last week, (mouseover here for a preview of the essay) I pointed out the tremendous changes coming at the mall, the movie theatre, the library -- maybe not within the next six months -- but surely within the next six years. Oh but there is still more.

I have already noted that those newspapers and magazines that make the cut will be delivered electronically. But the age of the weekly news magazine may be coming to an end. The Internet has taken over the function of delivering detailed news analysis... as well as piddling gossip.

So, according to a corporation whose worth is one dollar, if we criticize Barack Obama, we're dumb.

US News and World Report got the message first. The publishers stopped printing their magazine a few years ago. The publishers of Newsweek did not get the message, and allowed their magazine to "wither on the vine." (Though, their decision to cease all pretense of political objectivity probably pushed them over the cliff.) Recently Newsweek sold for $1, and has merged with the Internet's Daily Beast. How fitting. Meanwhile, Time magazine is an embarrassing skeleton of its former, respected self. Time is not "too big to fail."

What can you do about it? Accept the inevitable. Find a few news sources on the Internet with which you feel comfortable. Yes, Time and Newsweek are there. But, like the printed newspaper, soon you will find them only online.

In 1966, Time asked if God was dead. In 2012, Time is a lot closer to death. How fitting.

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