Toys ’R’ Us announced earlier this month that they were closing their doors after 70 years in business, ending an era of timely Christmas bargains and birthday toy-store visit traditions. Amidst last minute scrambles for discounts, nostalgic videos of how it all began, and discussions over what’s left to salvage, the story remains the same — online beat retail yet again. We’ve heard the diatribe about innovation disrupting normalcy and changing how things are done in a hundred different contexts before. The industrial revolution made mass manufactured goods accessible and affordable for a huge populace that was waiting to consume. It gave way to a better way of doing things, lead to the technological revolution, to abundance and eventually lead to the luxury of choice.
Ever get the feeling that your YouTube suggestions might know you better than you know yourself? Yes, reader, it’s time to concede that the machines