Today is going to be one of those days where I run around doing my best to convince other people that I’m on top of various situations, and that everything is under control. Because if you say that often enough, and with the right amount of confidence in your voice, it could actually be true.
The entertainment industry knows something about projecting confidence in the face of total collapse — as you’ll see if you take a look at Noel Murray’s AV Club essay on the death of big-box bookstores and the related shifts in the shopping habits of hardcore media consumers. It’s spurred in part by Dave Kehr’s recent New York Times meditation on the stagnation of DVD sales, which of course is also playing a role in the collapse of Borders.
On some level, I have to side with the dinosaurs on this one. I love physical media, and can’t understand why people would forsake libraries of LPs, CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays for the cold, Spartan containment of a hard-drive array. Who wouldn’t want to gaze upon those glorious Criterion cases, or worry over the placement of a prized boxed set on the shelf?
Or, as countless generations have said before: The kids today, man. I just don’t get it.