The Future Of The Online World & How Our Lives Have Been Changing: The Blockbuster Story

March 23, 2010

Do you remember the days of going to the nearest video store to rent a movie for the night? Or the joy of the 2 for 1 specials they used to have? It was the ideal solution for a rainy weekend, or just a relaxing night with family or friends. The online world of today has pushed most of those stores out of business. I will never again spend an entire hour searching for the perfect film to compliment my craving while walking aimlessly from the drama section, to the new releases section, and then back to the drama section.

With Blockbuster filing for bankruptcy, and many independently owned video rental stores being replaced by cafes and clothing stores, it is obvious that the online option has become the norm. I’m a member of Netflix, and don’t get me wrong, I really see how companies like this have capitalized on the idea of convenience. It makes perfect sense to me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally miss the old days.

Sometimes I feel an inner sadness when I think of humanity becoming seated zombies behind computer screens for the rest of eternity. No more running into your tough-guy neighbor with a copy of The Notebook in his hand. No more employee picks to browse through. These are some reflective thoughts I thought I’d share.


Former Research Associate at OpenView Venture Partners, Glenn Michael is now the Founder of <a href="">Key of G Clothing </a> and the Director of Operations of Studio 52.