Think Tank and Radio Thoughts: Domestic Technologies for Americans

This is the 21st of October, twelve years into the 21st Century. Thank you to all my radio listeners and online readers for your continued support. Today’s talk will focus on technology used for domestic purposes, including safety, education and entertainment. It’s all important and is changing how we live, think, and plan for the future. These are interrelated topics that should not be viewed separately in my humble opinion.

Okay, so let me remind everyone of the format. I speak and then you listen. Then it is your turn to “like” and shout out your opinion. Provided your arguments are not preaching to the choir, or simply talking points of a particular political party, there’s no need to repeat anything. This is the place to think originally and get down to the core of the topic matter that affects all of us, regardless of whether or not we realize it. Okay. Let’s begin.

How is the internet changing how we use and buy dictionaries?

A few years ago, I visited the nearby thrift shops to look for used books. A friend asked me if I would be willing to look for a dictionary. He could flip through approximately 160,000 words. It is not a small dictionary but it is not an unabridged one. Without thinking, I replied, “sure, we’ll look,” and I set off on my month-long used book shopping spree. I usually find about a dozen books to read, mostly nonfiction. However, I do enjoy a few fiction series by my favorite authors.

One thing that I have noticed about e-books and other e-readers is the difficulty in finding hardbound books in thrift shops or used bookstores six months after publication. It was easy to do before, but it is becoming more difficult. People are no longer buying hardbound books and instead opting for e-books. This is causing some big box retailers to lose sales. However, it is also affecting the used market as people who have e-books can’t resell them later. It is also affecting the hand-me down market.

While I was searching for a friend’s used dictionary, I discovered hundreds. I was stunned at how many were there. Consider this: more and more people simply type a word into a search tool that corrects spelling and lists online dictionaries. People are always online, and students who write reports or are doing research for school have the Internet running in background. They “google” it and don’t need a dictionary at home. Everyone has given them to thrift shops and used bookstores.