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Subject:  Re: OT: Man in the White Suit Date:  2/16/2009  10:15 AM
Author:  Lokicious Number:  25983 of 35576

And to come full circle, that's how there turned out to be lots and lots of money to be made "once people bought the new camera." I'm not, of course, claiming digital photography as the only impetus behind the development of new printers, inkjet cartridges, drug store kiosks, Adobe or the rest, but it certainly had to be a major factor in some of it - and at the end of the day a formerly staid, mature market based in a century old celluloid product exploded into a dynamic new sector which probably accounted and accounts for a far larger economic footprint than "film" ever did.

Stimulating discussion, by the way.

I agree the initial phase of digital cameras (also personal computers, cell phones, internet) has led to a burgeoning of new purchases. I have no idea how this translates into jobs (not a lot of manufacturing in the US). But a lot of what has happened in the initial phase has been an extension of previous habits (i.e., hard copy). It's the next phase that worries me, in terms of jobs and profi