Gone are the days when you could walk into a Blockbuster and browse the aisles of movies before taking home the one that caught your eyes. Gone are the days of rewinding VCR tapes (or sometimes not rewinding them.) before taking them back. Almost gone are the days of walking into a comic book store and picking out several comic book issues to take home. Almost gone are the days of walking into a store and buying a blu-ray or dvd. And i don't know about you, but that idea panics me.
Digital media music sales surpassed physical ones in 2014. Physical media has been on the decline since 2009. And it just seems to keep declining. While sales of digital media have been going up since the same year.
Now I'm guilty of not rushing out to buy albums of music. I much prefer having them on my tablet or my phone. But I have yet to buy a digital download of a movie. Or a comic. I just can't bring myself to do it. Why you might ask? I love to hold a copy of my favorite movies in my hands. The feel of the paper of a comic book, or even a regular book, in my hands. You can't replace that with a tablet, or a computer screen in my opinion.
But playing devils advocate, the convenience of picking up my tablet in the middle of the night and buying a movie or a book to watch or read, it's hard to deny the ease of doing that. But further still, I just can't get passed the fact that i cant hold a physical copy of something in my hands. And maybe I'm just old fashioned. But the day is coming when everything will be digital. Just as VCRs died out before, so will DVDs and Blu-rays. It's inevitable. But is it?
Go out and support your local comic book store, buy some dvds. Buy a physical album. Do anything you can to support your local stores. I don't know if you can delay the complete halt of all physical media, but we can slow it.