So many people around me agree that we are living in a rare historic time in history: we are about to see the first African-american serve as President of the United States. One thing that I have found remarkable about these times is how much people are clamoring for ephemera and objects to mark this time — physical manifestations that they can save and display that commemorate Barack’s Presidency. You can already buy your own commemorative Obama "Yes We Can" plate and collectible coins, to go alongside your tee-shirts, posters, hats, and buttons.
People are buying up every magazine and paper they can with a picture of Barack on it. Some papers from November 5 are even selling for $100 a pop. This is so ironic since so many newspapers around the country are struggling just to stay afloat.
As Alex McIntre of Washington DC is quoted as saying on Bloomberg.com: "An
online copy isn’t the same. I want something tangible."
That’s the problem with living in the Digital Age — a web page or bunch of tweets or an online video doesn’t have the same sense of import and seriousness that a physical object does. We want to hold something that marks this time, just as people wanted a chunk of the Berlin Wall or coins minted from silver found at the World Trade Center. It’s such a human trait that I find touching.