This tweet has stuck with me since I saw it:
The "Blockbuster was bad" argument pops up every month and is boring every time. No one is nostalgic for Blockbuster the company, which sucked. They're nostalgic for the memory of going to the store (which was often their only option) and renting movies. That's it.
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) August 22, 2021
I do feel a bit of nostalgia for video stores, both the big chain ones and the cool little indies. There was a certain pleasure to be had in wandering the aisles looking for something intriguing to discover, or for an old favorite to watch again. Scrolling the menus on Netflix or Amazon Prime isn’t quite as satisfying, and somewhat more frustrating: at least you would eventually run out of options at Blockbuster or Kim’s and would have to settle on something.
Do you miss video-rental stores? If you’re too young to have had experienced them, what do you imagine you might have missed?