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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 profits, especially if there isn't a model for making money on the web.

Let's assume everyone stops printing pictures and just shares via email and the web. We still have people buying cameras (and camera cell phones, and as you say probably more than in the past, but not film, not processing, and no longer printers and printing supplies. Internet service providers and cell phone companies will make money by charging customers and there are some jobs associated with this—I don't know how many compared to land-line phone jobs of an earlier era. If we share through email, we cut out the intermediaries. If we post on a sharing site, this brings up the "who pays for the web" issue.
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