Last week, I said goodbye to the Barnes and Noble bookstore at Eastridge and said that this was a loss for our community, that it affected many people who used to go there as well as the workers at the store and the coffee shop. This store, like many stores throughout the country, and the world, was put out of business by Amazon. The losses that we noted here, in this community, were experienced throughout the country in countless communities. I doubt if anybody has tried to calculate the sum of those losses, and I do not remember seeing any articles or outcry to protest the destruction that one giant company has done.
OK, we can get our books from Amazon, and get them quickly, and also get other suggestions from them on books that we can buy. Maybe, in the future, we can get them quicker delivered by drone. And, we see how Amazon is using robots with great success in its giant warehouses, and we saw a piece in the news where it is giving a new watch to its workers, those not replaced by robots, which will monitor them to make sure that they are not wasting time.
Amazon has also purchased The Washington Post, one of the three newspapers of note, which is another item to consider. Will this newspaper be independent of the business plans and practices of its billionaire owner? Will it ever write an article about disappearing bookstores and other small and large businesses in the US? I doubt it.