Has the Internet made television, cinemas, and so forth obsolete?

@megs85 (3145)
Australia
January 27, 2007 2:08pm CST
With the amount of things you can do on the internet, everything from listen to a song, to watch a movie- only out at the cinemas lol- has it made the use of television, theatres/cinemas, cd shops and so forth obsolete? Is this what will become of shopping centres too? You can now order groceries online, make all your purchases really, and ebay is taking the online world by storm growing larger and larger each and every day... Will one day our entire lives be conducted online?
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• United States
28 Jan 07
It has made it great but I doubt it wil ever replace the movies. Which would you rather see, a movie on the big screen or one on a computer screen? Even smaller would be an I-pod screen. As far as the groceries goes. Someone still has to either go pick them up or deliver them. So it can't all be done by the internet. One day the internet will just crash and everyone will be lost. They won't know what to do with their free time and they will actually have to talk to poeple one on one. Let's just pray that never happens lol.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I think that a handheld video device will never have a large enough screen to replace the true movie experience. Even large screen or wide screen television dont do it for me. The only thing close is media rooms I have seen in some homes.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I think not the movie theater is still the best place to enjoy the great movies and they now have dinner and movie at theaters I love it. A night out will never be obsolete.
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28 Jan 07
I think that the internet adds to life rather than takes things away. It has a long way to go before it will replace television and cinemas, the quality of video on the net at the moment is nowhere near as good as television, with videos being small in size, even live streaming is relatively poor. As for shopping, again, I don't think the internet will replace shops, there will always be people that don't have access to the net, don't know how to use computers etc. Also people still like to see and try on new clothes etc. before buying. We've had home shopping catalogues for years, and internet shopping is similar to that.
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@inked4life (4228)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Nothing will ever beat the experience of seeing a movie on the big screen at the theater. As for shopping, I really wouldn't care if shopping malls disappeared. I do most of my shopping online now.
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@kfg20012003 (1037)
• India
28 Jan 07
The Internet has already replaced television in the lifestyle of millions.Internet is one of the best invention man has made.
@danbumpy (203)
• United States
28 Jan 07
The new generation has already made some of the transformation. Although tv is not obsolete it isn't watched as much. It will eventually all blend into one media. Meaning, your television, phone, computer, remote control, alarm system, will all big one big device. Cinemas should do ok because sometimes you got to get out of the house!!
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@ilunice (947)
• Netherlands
28 Jan 07
No. Not really. It has aided them. This is a general notion that computer has rendered tv and cinemas obsolete. I guess the problem now is that most people work on PC and they steal their work time to read news on the net. But still, you can compare that to you relaxing in your sitting room and listening to the news or watching a very good movies. Neither could you compare it to going to cinema at the weekends with your family for relaxation.
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• India
28 Jan 07
may be the TV but not cinemas
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I think that there will be a possibility for all that to happen. I think some stores can let you get groceries online. So, I can see anything happening sometimes soon.
• Portugal
28 Jan 07
In my opinion, the Internet only was able to join all these, it didn't surpass anyone. I spend more time on the Internet than when watching TV, that's a fact, but that's because the Internet has more variety. For instance, here in Portugal we rarely have some quality anime (Japanese animation). The only good anime are treated for kids (like Cardcaptor Sakura), being dubbed in Portuguese (which I personally dislike), and the only place you'll find it in original dub (japanese) with some subtitles is the Internet. But I still prefer watching anime at the TV, when it's in original voice and subbed in Portuguese. The other thing is shopping... Shopping online will never replace going to the store. I do buy some books at amazon.co.uk, but that's because I want books in their original language, and sometimes I don't find them in bookstores, or are over-priced. And another thing that Internet won't be able to replace completely. Books. I don't read anything with more than 10 pages on a PC. Will never do it.
• India
28 Jan 07
yes to some extent its true! but everything has its own pros and cons...we can watch a movie but the big screen has its own charm...music ,,ya we do listen songs here...but what if you are in your car..you obviously need a cd player there!shopping can be done online but it cant supplement the joy of hanging out at the markets!still our lives are not totally under the control of internet as yet....!i hope it remains as it is1
@edigital (2711)
• United States
28 Jan 07
In our country more or less 20,000 people have internet access on regular basis but they do not use it for long time all are fond of TV (cable line) and watchint Indian channel, Sports Star, ESPN, Ten sports, discovery, animal planet, HBO, BBC, CNN, ETV and local channels. Cinema Hall going houseful and CD shops are full with customers. They are not adicted in earning site as our internet cost $15 per month excluding electricity bill so they are not willing to earn 15 or 20 dollar per month. I think surfing internet TV can be seen as TV set have each house where computer is using. Cinema may be obsolete in developed country where internet users are huge quantity.
@ryan0583 (30)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I do not think internet has made all those obsolete because there are advantages and disadvantages to all of them. Some people feel safer shopping offline than online and you can also see what you buy. Also you can not get things like milk throught the mail so people will still go to grocery stores, ect.
• Malaysia
28 Jan 07
I think it wil be... u see, u and i are chatting and discuss in the net, without even seein or knowing eahc other. so i think the net wil be very important next era.
• India
28 Jan 07
We can do a lot on internet i mostly use to browse to download Hollywood Movies.
@Serjas (2328)
• India
28 Jan 07
i agree with you.best example is me,myself.nowadays i am sticking to my computer for chatting,orkutting and most on mylotting.i want to take a break but i cant.i got internet connection 1 month ago and before that i usually go for ride,chat with my friend and many more.but now all stops and internet ruling me!
@Miornir (22)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Not yet but the internet is the future because of the simple fact that it is interactive. I think that all of the multimedia genres will merge, eventually, with the internet.
• United States
28 Jan 07
Bill Gates actually was talking about this topic yesterday at the World Economic Forum. He was saying that within 5 years TV as we know it will be obsolete. It's true though. Everything is moving toward the consumer. Giving us the content we want when we want it. It's all about on demand and the services these companies can offer now. I think one day the vast majority of our lives will be online. They are already working on refrigerators that can automatically reorder food from the grocery store and what not. It's going to be interesting to see what the next 10 years bring technology wise.
@kcbomba (616)
• United States
28 Jan 07
somewhat,has made other fun entertainments less attractive, cause is addictive.
@weezy250m (1893)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Yeah, definitely. The internet is really taking over. Soon, everybody will be living in the internet. Maybe soon, everything will be possible with computers. It is possible that soon, shopping malls too will be obsolete because of the internet. I think that the internet is one of the most powerful things ever invented.