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Subject:  Re: OT: Man in the White Suit Date:  2/15/2009  2:12 PM
Author:  markr33 Number:  25978 of 35876

<<I don't understand where you are going with this argument about 35mm cameras.>>

I'm probably ahead of the curve on this one, and maybe I'll be wrong. It is true that an initial phase with digital cameras involved people printing out pictures, making written scrap-books/albums, etc. (Before our camera died, every time we sent pictures to my mother-in-law, she would print them out on the very cheap printer that came free with the computer, now 10 years old, and she doesn't know how to change the cartridge.) But I think we are moving into the YouTube era, so whatever money is to be made will come from the internet revenue source, which I still believe is ultimately a "You show me yours, I'll show you mine" economic model (there just isn't enough off-line stuff to buy to support the monster).

It seems like we think alike about many of these things. But reality so far has turned out to be somewhat different. While I used to use a few 24 exposure rolls, and maybe a few 36 exposure rolls, a year, today I take thousands of photos every year. Obviously I don't print them all, but I print some of them, email a whole bunch more, and share almost all of them. Just 5 minutes ago, I arrived back home with my in-laws after seeing an apartment nearby that they are interested in purchasing. I took 29 photos and they are uploading right now so they can be viewed from everywhere. None of these will be printed, BUT in the age of film, I wouldn't have taken ANY of these pictures at all in the first place.

I predicted the end of academic publishing back in the xerox machine era, when we could xerox articles and books (supposedly legal for personal