WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING - A Paperless World, Life In A "Cloud"

(11/19/2011)

COMMENT By Bob Weaver

While you were sleeping the world is changing quicker than ever before.

Newspapers, magazines and books are leaving the printed page.

The US postal system says it is bankrupt because of 21st Century Internet and computer technology, in addition to some serious private enterprise competition that caters well to customers.

Letter writing is out with e-mail, replaced by texting, Twittering and Facebooking.

Even most of the phone numbers of Calhoun post offices are not in printed phone book, but can be found on the Internet.

The future of phone books are in question too, becoming obsolete because customers are unhooking their landlines and going to cell phones.

Banks are wanting to do away with troublesome check writing and go to electronic transfers.

There is likely a master plan to conduct all business on the Internet with transactions and record-keeping inside of computers or stored in a "cloud."

Schools say they will soon eliminate textbooks and history and fiction can be read only on a Kindle, the book quickly fading into history.

We will be living in a world where there will be no paper trail, so business deals and history can be rearranged quickly to suit those in charge.

Computer information can be wiped or melted in a New York second, either by malfunction or by a high-tech electronic bomb.

Former WV state archivist, highly-respected Fred Armstrong. said the history of the world must be kept on paper if it is to survive, but his firing may well have been for his holding to such archaic beliefs.

We're told that such change is all for the good, while we are sleeping.


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