“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”— Jeremiah 29:11 (TLB).
For me, the word “future” brings to mind two things: exciting new discoveries or the end of things as we know it. The first is an optimistic outlook; the second is pessimistic, depending on your view.
Recently, I ran into a friend, who like me, had been a professional photographer. His was a full-time job. I supplemented my teacher’s income with a sideline photography business. Our discussion led to reminiscing about film cameras, which have been almost completely replaced by digital. With today’s smart phones, not many own a camera these days.
In 1998, Kodak employed 170,000 and sold 85 percent of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. Who could have predicted that?
Predicting the Future
Who could have predicted the typewriter would be replaced with the computer and that paper files would almost be usurped by digital ones? I learned to type in high school on a manual typewriter in 1970. By the time I began teaching in 1975, my journalism class was using electric ones to produce the monthly newspaper.
Speaking of newspapers, the latest research reveals that over 2,000 daily and weekly newspapers have closed their doors since 2004. The decline of one of the previously largest employers in America, according to “USA Today,” is attributed to the advent of the Internet.
While I occasionally look up a news article on the Internet, I still subscribe to a daily and a twice-weekly home town newspaper. Many younger people seek their news on the web, while those of us who grew up liking the feel of the newspaper in our hands still subscribe.
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SOURCE: Assist News