Very well said. Caution is indicated when hitherto unknown social fantasies mushroom, especially in health. Otherwise imagination and fear exploited by self serving advisers and an industry which sells the supposed "cures" lead to a world of diagnosis and prescription that has little justification in research. As in this case.
So what is the logic behind Whole Foods - multiple lines in both 10+ items and express sections allocated to registers by disembodied voice and overhead display - and Trader Joes - humungous double line snaking through entire store (often, in NYC) and allocated by worker at head of line responding to flag waving at available registers? Is there more sense to one than the other?
Trader Joes seems quicker on the whole, though it offers numerous opportunities for impulse purchases as you pass various shelves, which may be why they do it.
But there must be a line of reasoning which proves one quicker than the other....
Voice of reason at last. Newspapers had their delights, and advantages, as well as defects. `Crowing over their replacement by screens which lack most of the tactile marking and handson handling benefits of paper is premature. Techno cant replace artistic values. Will video ever replace oil painting? Come on. The emotional attractions of English comics were huge when I was a schoolboy and used to go round the back of the private school I attended to the garbage dump to rescue copies of Beano which had been confiscated! Same emotional attractions are lost with newspapers. Same as handwritten letters and postcards. Falling in love with the new is fine but let's praise those who try to rescue the old no matter how they mishandle it. Just because lemming ad agencies rush to the Net for good reason doesn't mean the old stuff is worthless because ads no longer support it. I am subscribing to the Times as long as it exists on paper. Amazing the stuff one comes across which the Web wouldnt lead one to. And anytime one writes something clips on paper are a blessing compared to bookmarked stuff one has to pull up - about ten times as fast to use for one thing.
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