I love music. No matter how old or what genre it is; it all makes me happy. I drive my 2004 Kia Sorento everywhere, all the time. She’s got a red hot AM/FM radio, and a classic CD player. I’m grateful just to have a working radio AND a CD player. In today’s world, people my age would “die” without an AUX chord or USB port to plug their phones in. And I totally get it because it’s awesome to have that type of luxury, but it’s not all that bad. If anything, I think it’s awesome that my only two options are the radio or a CD. It keeps me close to the music I listen to. I hand select my favorite artists, songs, and albums and I get to listen to them when I’m on the go, without using my phone in the process. When I’m at home I listen to newer music and I constantly change what it is I’m listening to. This is great and all, but I often forget about some songs, and I don’t always pay close attention to who’s singing it. CD’s are great for an intimate listening, but they have their flaws too. No one could ever forget about how sensitive they are to scratches. Other than that, I will forever be in love with CDs. Because of how times are changing, it’s getting harder and harder to find a place that sells compact discs. However, when I do find a store or shop that sells CDs (which is very rare), I get so lost. I know that compact discs are slowly dying out, but what about the people like me who still rely on them to get their daily fix of music?
The 90’s, a time when movie rental stores and cable television were a big boom. Movie rental stores made it to where you could take your family to your local Blockbuster, grab a few tapes or DVD’s to watch throughout the week and return them before or by their return date, and cable was so amazing because it was one of the best ways to know what was going on in the world and be entertained all at once. Now we have all of this at the tips of our fingers; thanks to the internet.
In 1997, the movie rental stores didn’t know what was coming. Netflix was founded, and later launched a website for movies to be rented through a pay-per-rental system. The movies were mailed through U.S. Postage, and like any other movie rental company; late fees applied, but this ultimately changed the way people access viewing entertainment forever. It took off so quickly, but like anything that excels as well as this; there must be some sort of competition. In 2005, a video-sharing website called YouTube was activated. In 2006, it became known to be one of the fastest growing websites on the Internet. The difference between YouTube and Netflix is the instant access that YouTube offered to viewers. By 2007, Netflix announces that they will begin streaming videos, and another video-streaming website was created; Hulu. FortuneLords explains that, “by 2025, half of the viewers under 32 will not subscribe to a pay-TV service.” These video-streaming sites are completely changing the way we view news and entertainment, and even the way we live our lives. As once heard from Link Neal with Good Mythical Morning on YouTube described it as “Internet-tainment”, and this is a very notable term that I’ve surprisingly not yet heard other people use today. Anyway, throughout time YouTube has teamed up with companies like; CBS, MGM, Lions Gate Entertainment, CNN, ABC News, and Google, because of this, it allowed them to post full-length movies and TV shows on YouTube. This made it remarkably handy to watch news on-the-go, or just have a quick laugh while waiting at the doctor’s office. “More than half of YouTube views come from mobile devices” (FortuneLords.com). This really puts emphasis on how immediate receiving information from this outlet can be, and how often we use it as a tool. Netflix and Hulu have even made their sites more accessible by creating mobile versions of their sites on cellphones. It’s quicker than cable television, and it’s either free or very reasonable pricing—unless you don’t have WiFi access, but if that’s the case then you can always sneak down to your local Starbucks and jump on their Internet. We now live in a world of cord-cutters, and the internet is quickly controlling the way we live our lives.