I’ll add one, or rather add a category: most anything that can be digitized and which used to be delivered as a physical product you can handle or hold. For example, I do a lot of video, including dance recitals. Parents get DVDs they can watch of their kids. Yesterday, at Microcenter, there were few DVDs on the shelf. They were getting rid of them. The type of DVDs I get, where you can print the label directly on the front in a printer, were totally out of stock and they are not coming back. I will now have to order online but those are going as well.
So what do the parents get? And other types of customers. Well, some, such as dance companies get files but the DVD is now a dodo. Instead I am seeing video streaming services, pay to play, to rent, to “buy” The makers of DVD players will also go away (just try buying VHS players or especially professional format video tape recorders/players). So after 20+ years these will just gather dust in people’s albums instead of being usable, the way paper prints still are and will be.
This is the same with operating systems, production software and so forth. Even personal notes are set up to go to “the cloud” first because it is so “handy” to have it on various devices. That also means you can lose access to all of your personal possessions and private notes in a stroke.
This means our entire lives are being sharecropped. Remember sharecroppers? Farmers who started out owning their own farms until the costs of seed and supplies overwhelmed them and “the store” owned their farms, leaving the poor sharecroppers to slave again, for meager earnings, handing most of it back to the store they owed. This time the whips used on them were economic. Still keeping them down.
Sharecroppers, all of us. Coming to your own personal cloud, even as we comment.