I went to a Blockbuster for the first time in a while this weekend. I don't think it has ever been as clear to me the number of films that come out nowadays. I see about 100 films a year, and there's still a huge number of films on the shelf that I have no clue about.
I've been thinking about it lately, and I'm not sure the number of entertainment options that we have nowadays is a good thing culturally. In the old days, with three networks, and movies that everyone saw on Fridays, you at least had a common cultural language. Between the number of films that get made, the number of shows that you can watch on television, and the ability to seek out and find information on the Internet that are so specifically geared to your narrow interest, I'm not sure that exists anymore. The Internet was sold as something that would bring us together. You could bond with people in Katmandu. But in doing so, it is diffusing our interests and killing off our common cutural experience.
The other thing about the Blockbuster - even located on a high-traffic intersection, it was near empty at 10 p.m. Saturday night. I used to work at a Blockbuster for awhile when I was young. That was unthinkable. The Netflix age.