The only problem I can see with time-shifting 'real time' things too much is it makes everything effectively 'virtual' - which I think has a bad effect on some people. Because once everything becomes somewhat unreal or 'less real' there's a risk of a damaging sense of alienation creeping into a person's mindset. At least from my experience with people who electively spend much of their lives in the metaverse and mostly removed from 'real world' sequential reality and causality.
BOOM~! Nice insight there! +1 The increasing disconnect is there for anyone that wants to see it.
Reminds me of an insightful essay that most people would laugh at and dismiss without ever reading:
INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY AND ITS FUTURE
1. The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly increased the life-expectancy of those of us who live in “advanced” countries, but they have destabilized society, have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread psychological suffering (in the Third World to physical suffering as well) and have inflicted severe damage on the natural world. http://www.washingto...r/manifesto.text.htmhttps://en.wikipedia...ciety_and_Its_Future
For time-shifting, I love it.
It's great to put on "season #" of a show, especially if it's a great show like Trailer Park Boys
(Stuck in season 1 & 2 a week or so ago.)
But, if you look at it a bit differently, you can only "time-shift" live events. If you look at a newspaper, isn't everything in there already time-shifted? This isn't a very productive perspective though as it is really limiting. Like, who would want to watch a time-shifted news program of live coverage of some random sporting event or parade from 10 years ago?
For products, I'm in the "wait & see" boat usually. I'd rather wait until the price of technology comes down and the quality goes up. But not too long... My Raspberry Pi (that I have yet to play with) at $35 has hundreds or thousands of times more power than the $4,000 computer we had when I was a kid. Waiting decades isn't really all that wonderful. So, it all depends on what's out there.
I think eleman's idea of buying a 2-year old graphics card is bang on! Great example of hitting a sweet spot in performance per $.
If you look at music, truth be told, there's so much out there that if nobody ever wrote another song, you'd still never be able to listen to all the music, and "time-shifted" music would all be new to you.
Seems like time-shifting kind of destroys "new" in some ways, or makes "new" kind of pointless. Well, unless you're a vapid fashionista with your identity wrapped up in commercialism, brand-value, and rapidly fading trends.
(Hmm... kind of sounds like 'fanboi'.)
Mulling that over, seems to me like the "app store" model forces people to stay current with hardware and software as it's either impossible or too difficult to get out of those walled gardens, which makes "time-shifting" either more difficult or impossible in those contexts. Good for the seller, but not so great for the buyer/user.
It's kind of hard to do sometimes with software/computers/phones. Interoperability seems to be the stumbling block there.
Some books are timeless. Every now and then I go back to some books of essays I have to read for fun. 20, 200, or 2000 years doesn't diminish them in the least. I wonder how much of the music and movies now will be like that? In 200 years, what movies from this period will people consider worth watching?