Today in Tedium: We live in a world where, conceivably, you can go without hitting an ATM for months, even years on end, as long as you have the right piece of plastic. After all, why carry money on you—which can get stolen or lost—when you can have it inside a centralized financial infrastructure that manages it for you and presumably will keep it safe? The ATM is on the decline, and its decline feels pretty similar to the decline we’ve already seen from legacy mediums like cable television (where younger people simply opted for Netflix), pay phones (which became less useful when everyone had a cell phone), or landlines (where younger people made cell phones their primary number). But there was a time when ATMs were scary and unusual, and there was a moment where everything started to click. Today’s Tedium talks about the day the ATM began to make sense. — Ernie @ Tedium
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