99 cents. That's how much it costs for a book.
What the hell am I talking about?
I'm talking about two idiots on the bus today.
It was this evening. My phone was dead so I couldn't listen to music (the battery was dead). So I was a prisoner of the bus driver and the passenger up front's conversation. Driver? Female, African-American. No idea on age. Man? Anglo-White, 50s.
The internet is destroying books.
That's what they were discussing.
By stuff being on the internet, no one needed books anymore, the man insisted.
The driver agreed and she added that you can get any new best seller online for a download for just 99 cents.
To which I wanted to ask, "Where the hell are you shopping?"
I have a Kindle. I can tell you there are no new best sellers for 99 cents (though I'm sure you probably know that already).
Listening to them talk and talk (and they were both loud), I realized that there are people who still don't know the net.
Neither of them spoke like they understood the internet.
Basic things that we take for granted like how to search were just beyond them.
And they kept talking about AOL. Which is probably the real clue that they're out of it, right?
AOL has just destroyed lives. All because people want to get mail, they said. And then they wondered why anyone would want mail? Driver said all she gets is junk mail. Then added, "Just wait until they figure out how to send you junk mail online. Then people won't be running around saying, 'I got mail!'" But there is junk mail already.
Again, I don't think either has touched a computer in over a decade if they've ever touched one in the first place.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"