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In February and March 2014 I participated in a Coursera course about the history of the Internet. One of the assignments was an essay on what the Internet might be like in 20 years' time. This page complements it: it's a list of occurrences confirming (or potentially contradicting) my predictions.

27 July 2015

Woolworths are offering a pickup service for purchases on eBay. That makes sense for everybody.

21 March 2016

There are a surprising number of shops for lease in Sturt Street, the main shopping area of Ballarat.

6 April 2017

The Washington Post reports the demise of another retailer, Payless Shoes, which also (still) has an net presence in Australia, though it seems that it has closed down too. But at the same time it makes it clear that big retailers are also feeling the pinch.

19 April 2017

Two identical paper mail letters today, from ANZ bank: they're closing their Sebastopol branch due to lack of interest, “Internet banking” being the stated culprit.

3 January 2018

Today the Washington Post reported reported the shutdown of the last department store in Hermitage, PA. Hermitage has a population of about 15,000, and the nearest larger town is at least 50 km away. This will probably kill off the Shenango Valley Mall as well.

In passing, it's notable that the mall web site is at least 9 months out of date: it lists all three department stores that were there until March 2017, when Sears and Macy's closed down. Wouldn't you be happy if you went to a mall looking for one of three department stores, and found none at all?

9 January 2018

Down through a shopping street in Geelong for the first time in a while. It showed the signs of the times: many unoccupied shops, including an entire arcade. Those shops that were occupied seemed to be hairdressers or restaurants, though there was one shop for bridal equipment. Admittedly, in my paper I didn't think specifically of hairdressers, but it matches my expectations.

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