Reading books and magazines, studying the Word of God, and striking up conversations were some of my favorite pastimes at the suburban shop, and I’ve had a number of significant intellectual and spiritual experiences there.
Well Mitch, my dream was to someday meet the woman of my dreams in the biblical theology or exotic travel section at Borders Books. Sorry, but that big dream died with wireless routers and free Internet connections.
Maintaining a personal library of books and movies, as well as a reasonably sized archive of hard-copied newspapers, magazines and other periodicals, is another hobby of mine.
But now, with a plethora of digital tools at my fingertips and a coffee shop on every corner, I have less need to acquire new printed materials because much of the content and information that I’m seeking can be accessed via the Web.
So it makes sense to hang out in my neighborhood. It makes sense to support local businesses. It makes sense to form connections and fellowship with neighbors and friends nearby.
I am sorry to see Borders close and I feel partially responsible because my patronage has waned over the past four or five years. But besides the fact that I have to find a new place to pick up a copy of the Columbia Journalism Review, maybe there is a bigger concern.
Beyond shifting consumer habits and the financial pain of print publishers and distributors in a digital age, how are new technologies and emerging media shaping our culture and influencing social norms?
More importantly, what are the pros and cons of this megashift?
P.S. Half Price Books has a sweet new shop and one of the most diverse retail film collections I’ve seen.