Posts Tagged 'obsolete'

Film to Fizzle Out By End Of Decade

From this depressing article from the AP:

At the turn of the 21st century, American shutterbugs were buying close to a billion rolls of film per year. This year, they might buy a mere 20 million, plus 31 million single-use cameras — the beach-resort staple vacationers turn to in a pinch, according to the Photo Marketing Association.

Equally startling has been the plunge in film camera sales over the last decade. Domestic purchases have tumbled from 19.7 million cameras in 2000 to 280,000 in 2009 and might dip below 100,000 this year, says Yukihiko Matsumoto, the Jackson, Mich.-based association’s chief researcher.

For InfoTrends imaging analyst Ed Lee, film’s fade-out is moving sharply into focus: “If I extrapolate the trend for film sales and retirements of film cameras, it looks like film will be mostly gone in the U.S. by the end of the decade.”

So who’s still buying this relic from another era? Really good amateurs and a few pros who shoot “nature, travel, scientific, documentary, museum, fine art and forensic photography.”

It’s just the natural order of things, I realize that. Technology will continue to render things obsolete. But are some things more nostalgic than others? Surely, it’s sadder to lose film and all it represents than, say, the VCR player, right?

Technology & the Hopelessly Out of Date

Technology is supposed to simplify your life, but in some ways it makes everything more overwhelming, doesn’t it? Especially when you’re constantly bombarded with directives like this article in last week’s New York Times, where writer Sam Grobart tells you which gadgets you can keep (alarm clock, books) and which you can get rid of (desktop computer, digital music). Wait, digital music is passe? Already?

No surprise, Grobart says to get rid of the point-and-shoot. His reasoning is that a smartphone can serve that purpose. (But how bad can they be if Steven Spielberg is still using one?)

I fully expect by the end of the year Grobart will write an article that says get rid of everything and just live and breathe through your smartphone.

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