Call for Entries: The “Things You Still Can’t Do on the Internet” Contest

Last week’s Crain’s Chicago Business had an article saying florist shops are withering because people are ordering their flowers online. Health food stores are closing because people are getting their vitamins on the internet. Thanks partly to online competition, Borders bookstores in markets nationwide are looking for subtenants to take over their leases. We are approaching the day when there will be not a single store of any kind left in America.


I started to think about what our cities will look like when this happens, when our streets become miles of vacant, shuttered storefronts, and I realized there is one business that is internet-proof: hair styling. It is not possible to get your hair cut on your computer. barberpole101.gif

There are probably one or two other kinds of shops that will be around in our future. If you can think of one, submit a comment, and I’ll send a randomly-chosen winner some flowers. Over the internet.


2 Comments on “Call for Entries: The “Things You Still Can’t Do on the Internet” Contest”

  1. Angie says:

    In the future, you will find a hairstylist online and they will come to your house to cut your hair. However, two business establishments that will continue to thrive will be bars and restaurants. Oh sure, there is take out and you can have a pizza delivered, but social creatures that we are…there is no way these two types of businesses will become internet commerce only.

  2. […] in April, I presciently predicted that due to online commerce the streets of our cities would soon be ghost towns–that the only […]

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