One minute and twelve seconds. That’s how long it took to make two clicks, enter a password and download an album that runs thirty eight minutes. No credit card information required- indeed, I’m not even certain that I spent any money!- no verification beyond, “Are you sure you want to purchase this album?”. Neither did I stand in line at the record store and see people I know and like to talk about the album. One minute and twelve seconds! It just appeared on the screen, replete with album artwork and track names! Like magic!
To steal a phrase: Oh wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! Oh brave new world, that has such people in it!