Last week we discussed the disappearance of automated teller machines as cash usage declines. This piece from National Review examines what we all lose when cash goes away.
There are dozens of touches that make the bar a time capsule from the 1960s. (It opened in 1968.) The jukebox plays real records, none of which are more current than 1975. The place isn't littered with TVs, so people actually speak to each other.
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But most importantly, you have to use cash. No credit, no debit, no checks, no tapping your phone on a screen.
In this sense, the bar might as well be operating in the 18th century. Today, people rarely carry cash, and if they do, it is typically in case something goes drastically wrong.
But with the loss of cash also comes the loss of anonymity. When you pay with a card or a phone, there is always an electronic trail of both your purchases and your whereabouts. You are forever on the grid, subjecting yourself to the monitoring of nosy, prying busybodies.
There is nothing more American than the dollar bill and the independence it offers.
Some municipalities, like Evanston, Ill., are considering ordinances to block businesses from going completely cash-free. The businesses say that going cashless protects their employees from being held up and that customers prefer other payment methods.
But poor people are also less likely to have credit cards, bank accounts, and smartphones with which to make purchases. Eliminating cash transactions effectively bars them from an establishment. (And how are you supposed to give money to homeless people on the street when there is no longer any cash? If you wave your phone over a hobo, not only does it not give the fellow a dollar, it provokes the hobo's ire.)
This writer says "look for future adult dancers to don QR-code tattoos." Actually, street vendors and beggars in many third-world countries already accept online payments. I don't know about adult dancers, but QR code tats have been a thing for a while already.
While the piece is humorous in tone, it rails against the loss of anonymity, subtitled "The day paper currency disappears, so will our autonomy".
In the ‘90s, people were all about getting barcodes tattooed. Today, they want QR codes they can scan with their phones, Gabrielle Pellerone, a tattoo artist who runs a studio called Boot-W in the Italian neighbourhood of Reggio Calabria, told VICE.
But while QR code tattoos are functional for some people, some others want to get them just to be in on the joke.
The world of tattooing is evolving everyday, and the same goes for technology, Leonardo Biason, a tattoo artist based in Pordenone, Italy, told VICE.
This type of tattoo creates a closeness between these two worlds.
I think it's a kind of human evolution, that we're slowly transitioning into cyborgs.
To read the complete articles, see:
The True Value of Good Cash Money
People Keep Getting QR Codes Tattooed on Their Body
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
ATMS DISAPPEARING ALONG WITH CASH USAGE
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