I’ve read the thread about British retail with interest, including the sense that we’ll miss WH Smiths and/or the High Street experience if they disappear.
This is a position which is often quoted about something which is seemingly integral to our lives – such as the BBC.
I wonder, though, if it really holds water?
For instance, I doubt I would miss the BBC that much. I get my daily fix of news online (never from the BBC website, which is pretty woeful), I have entertainment options coming out of my ears, and music which I don’t own is a mouse click away.
Similarly, with the High Street experience. If the population truly valued it, it wouldn’t be in its death throes.
However, the reality is that, for the most part, people prefer shopping online. It’s cheaper, it’s easier, the and customer service is generally better.
Are we just trying to hold on to entities which have previously been the foundations of our lives but which have failed to keep up with our changing habits and lifestyles … and we’re just disconcerted about the (potential) disappearance of such foundations, rather than actually needing or wanting them?