Jun 22 2011
I came across this picture and it struck me as being profoundly sad. For as much as I like downloading movies off the internet, or receiving them in the mail, there is something depressing about watching Blockbuster go under. It’s a store that a I grew up with, and it introduced me to the vast majority of my favorite films. It was kind of cool to wander through the store, up and down the rows of movies, reading the backs of the boxes to figure out if you’d like it or not.
But the fact remains its the product of a bygone era. Now Blockbusters feel quaint at best, and if you do still want to shop here, they’ve also gone into the by-mail game, so you don’t even have to visit a store. Frankly, I’m impressed they’ve survived this long, but I have no idea what Dish Network was doing recently when they bought them. That just seems like a money pit to me, as the inevitable is coming. I don’t think it’s Blockbuster’s fault per se, as you can’t just shut down 5,000 stores and move all-online to get with the times. But by the time they’re making the transition, their competitors have far outpaced them.
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