2010, The Jetsons, Star Trek and the Death of Physical Media

So it’s finally 2010.  What exactly does that mean?  Are we living in the future now?  I certainly don’t feel like I’m living in an episode of The Jetsons.

Have we surpassed The Jetsons?  We may not have flying cars, but we have so many things that even the Sci-Fi writers of the past couldn’t think of.

I got an Ereader for Christmas.  It’s very cool, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about the rise of the ereaders in the last year or 2.  It seemed like a very expensive way to read a book.  However, now that I have used one.  I have to say I’m hooked.  At the very least, this is to a standard book what an ipod is to a CD player.

I had a thought the other day while I was reading.  Maybe I was on the toilet, maybe I wasn’t.  I’m not telling, and you shouldn’t even be picturing that.  It’s just gross.  Get your mind out of the gutter.  Of course, now everyone IS picturing me on the toilet.  I really need to get back to my point… which was… Oh yeah! I was reading.  Anyways, I was reading at it occurred to me that my nifty new ereader is so much more than just an expensive way to read a book or a way of making things digital for the sake of being digital.  My epiphany was that I had a pad, like Captain Picard uses on Star Trek.  Add in all the nifty things your average cell phone can do, and now we have officially passed Star Trek when it comes to Tech.  Except for that whole warp drive, transporter, world peace part…

So, does this mean that with the rise and popularity of ereaders, that 2010 might be the year when we see the downward spiral of physical media?  CDs are almost completely obsolete.  Movies are well on there way out.  Are books and magazines next?

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  Personally i think it’s a good thing, lower overhead for companies, easier for smaller writers to get self-published.  It’s so much easier for someone who is working on there first novel to publish it as a pdf on a personal website than it is for them to find someone who can print, bind and distribute them.  It levels the playing field for all involved, and that is always a good thing.

So, here’s to the death of physical media, and the removal of The Man.