Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/21

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Wonders of plastic -- am I an old fart at 43? [off topic and longish]
From: Alexey Merz <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 13:36:04 +0100

I'm thirty, and all you've just said makes terrrific sense to me!
- -Alexey

Dieter Stoll wrote:
> Hi all,
> this has been nagging me for a while, but I didn't know whom to share it
> with. For lack of a better idea I'll throw it on y'all :-)
> Is it just me, or are there others around my "tender" age (see subject
> line) who feel that they're rapidly drifting away towards the "old fart"
> side of things? But at the same time, not "old" enough not to care about
> the new developments. I think the recent darkroom vs. photoshop/inkjet has
> shown the issue: new technology, with all its quirks, lack of longevity,
> and definite lack of sexiness does exert a gravitational pull that's pretty
> hard to resist. So, I feel there is a constant schism here: on one hand,
> the niceties afforded by going digital all the way (of which LUG is a very
> good example), on the other hand, the disgust of the attitude that seems to
> be inherent to modern day economics -- throw-away mentality, "innovation"
> cycles of six months (along with a gallopping deprecation of your
> investment), killing off the traditional dealers with their necessarily
> higher markup than the discount store manned by a sales clerk who doesn't
> know his <meep> from a hole in the ground, and so on.
> Whoever has made it this far in reading.. thanks for bearing with me on
> this tour de grudge. What the heck, I feel better now. Now where's that
> flameproof suit again...
> Cheers,
> -- Dieter
> Dieter Stoll                  D-72127 Kusterdingen, Germany
>   Home fax: +49-7071-368520

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