I find it amusing when Tech Gurus proclaim X is Dead, where X is typically a technology or medium that’s doing just fine but may have ended its growth phase.
Amusing as each instance is, there’s a broader issue for some (by no means all) of the technologies denounced as dead, which is another way of saying “Proper contemporary people shouldn’t use these things.”
To wit: sometimes obsolescent technologies are convenient.
Fax? Obsolete for quite some time now. And yet…sometimes it’s just plain convenient.
Magazines (by which I mean print magazines)? They’re really not either obsolescent or obsolete. But they sure are convenient in a number of settings.
I could go on. But this is just a silly little post, so I won’t.
No major point here…except to note that gurus seems to live in a different world, a world where cost and convenience are secondary to being Up To Date. (Proper gurus make so much money that cost really isn’t a factor, and they probably have People to take care of convenience issues.)
For the rest of us, it’s frequently a tradeoff. If the “old way” still works–well, why abandon it?