When your parents handed you old photographs when they were young, possibly from their wedding or their high school days, there’s a real sense of generations sharing a moment of history.
I’ll cringe handing over my old photos to my kids on an SD card, saying how back in the ol’ days we only had 12 megapixel cameras.
While the new generation is right in the middle amongst the excitement of electronic everything, it’s good news to read that no one’s fully prepared to go 100 percent digital.
Hewlett Packard’s latest ‘Evolution of Digital Media’ survey for has shown that from the over 1,000 British participants, seventy-three percent of people from 16 to 60 still don’t see a fully digital conversion to buy music and movies.
It’s relieving to know that ninety-five percent still prefer physical books to e-books. Sure, the iPad and Kindle are fancy and look great reading on a subway or bus, but I’d much prefer to get my $20 book stolen than a $600 book. I’d never feel comfortable flaunting such equipment to read about what Bill Bryson’s up to lately.
After reading the survey, I thought back to the last time I had physically printed out any photo at all, which turned out to be from a all-day concert where my camera got more crunch out of a moshpit than my bones, and I wasn’t going to miss photographing the stage presence of Muse.
A physical memento has much more strength as something to pass down to others, or to give as a gift, as say a music player.
Vinyl players have a better warmth to the albums that have been engraved into it. And when the lights go out, and there’s no spark left coming from your power outlet, who’s going to keep you entertained?
Looking at the album booklet in a PDF file loses almost all effect that the artist has spent countless hours slaving over to represent the tracks that the band has worked so hard to produce.
Getting interrupted with a ‘BUFFERING’ notice in the middle of our TV shows cuts out the flow that makes those shows so gripping for viewers.
Seeing the DVD wall in a theatre room is much more impressive than seeing the amount of gigabytes stored on a hard drive.
I’m glad this survey exists, though I find it funny that a digital survey has given me hope.
So celebrate your collection, before we all rely on power generators to keep those b-sides of Sex Pistol performances alive.
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