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Goodbye Borders              7/22/11
Liquidation!!!  As the EMPIRE crumbles yet another bookstore/music store/media store gone! The subtle corporate-fascist censorship continues at an alarming rate! Yes, Borders was an "evil" corporation but they sold Howard Zinn and Chris Hedges and Chomsky along with the right wing dregs. At the bookstore…open a book see what it's like. See if it's readable or interesting. Never pay full price with coupons and Borders Bux. Get the latest from David Weber; the damn library would never give me enough time to finish reading it. Browse the art magazines and the UK music magazines. In their hey-day get obscure prog rock albums, especially after Tower closed (another tragedy!)  

Borders, Teacher Appreciation Week, back in the day, was always a treat! 20% off of everything! Osprey weapons books and obscure WWII books on aircraft and weapons and Blitzkrieg. Railroad books and beautiful photography books.  Bargain priced Science books about mammals and reptiles and amphibians and minerals. The idiot pundits all say; good riddance…it's about time: E-Books and E-Readers and INTERNETS are the thing of the new! It's a post-post modern world of Amazon.com and streaming literature into your I-PAD. I don't give a shit! I don't need more elecktricity to read a goddamn book! Bite my shiny metal APPS!!!
A beautiful book, creamy bound paper about the history of "Civilization" or critique of such…gorgeous pictures and the art of mankind at your fingertips. What happens when our so-called culture collapses and we can't access our cheap energy, and elecktrcity becomes luxury for the 1%-ers in their gated fortress burb-claves?

Censorship, I hate it in its many forms. But our era of liquid modernity and false gods makes it so much easier. In 1986 Compact Discs another (now) obsolete technology was starting to come into common use…goodbye vinyl LPs (I realize that there is a devoted indie following of this format (myself included), but this is not the norm) …how many albums never made it to CD or are out of print on CD today? I can think off-hand of the first three Journey Albums; they were mostly instrumental guitar and keyboard driven jazz rock fusion (very un-cool!) but they were awesome! The jammed! They had energy! They had instrumental integrity! Journey before Steve Perry moved in and they became the million-selling hit AOR sensations of wimpy ballads and high energy generic stadium rock songs (some better than others, I admit).

Censorship, how much artistic content on CDs, LPs, Videos (remember those), DVDS, and now Blu-Rays will be lost because the EVIL free-Market doesn't deem it profitable enough? Download your Justin Beaver, Molly and the Robot, and Kandyey West into your I-Poop… Stream your Action-Romantic-Chick-Flick-Superhero-Komedy right of a Red-Box-Net-Flix and into your HD monstrosity. Watch the Football and the Baseball and the Hoop Ball and the Hockey Ball because you don't need a stupid old bookstore/music store/media store anymore.

Bread and Circuses as the Empire Crumbles…Literacy need not apply.
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:iconmdomaradzki:
mdomaradzki Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
I for one do not weep for humanity and the downturn of civilisation. It is after all our collective fault for allowing it to happen. The loss of books or stores or personal preferences are just side effects due to what we allow big business and our elected officials to do in our collective names. In turn we learn to behave like they do on a smaller more personal scale and so on. Its not a vicious circle, its a downward spiral and we all are participants, willing or otherwise.

I have no answer, I'm just as guilty. Recognising the problem doesn't make me any better. Fighting against it is futile and dangerous and so it goes.

Have a happy day! ;)
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I try to have a happy day...I can't disagree with a word you say..."Fighting against it is futile and dangerous"...Occupy Wall street...Bah! Reminds me of the blog "the Downward Spiral"!
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very impressed Eyeeeeeeeeee
Book Stores.................love them just the small ones, most of them out of business now!
NO! Kindle for me.....books with jackets, paperbacks anything goes........ah! the smell of them.
Vinyl.........always. Music how it was meant to sound!
3000 here in our house.........if nobody is collecting them..........shame!
Hardly any more 'residual' payments for song writers of the past......download anything you want just as long as you don't let the original song writers have any money!
Censorship is a multi-faceted destroyer of civilization.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Jay-Es for your appreciation!
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
MY pleasure......
You wrote from your heart.
Hugs
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JDAWG9806 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
most of them have been gone for a year now. at least theres two decent big book stores around BAM, and Half ass books.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, just ran across this essay and thought I'd post...
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timid-wolf Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. A Kindle is just another piece of chinese electronic junk to break. I actually miss borders. Books are far more interesting then the crap that's on tv anyway.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! And I've noticed less books out there lately I'm interested in.
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:icontimid-wolf:
timid-wolf Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too. I had a few interesting books which I can no longer find. Libraries seem like they're getting slimmer too
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