Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/20

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Leica and digital photography
Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 19:31:49 EDT

In a message dated 5/20/02 4:05:46 PM, writes:

<< The average schmuck soon discovers that he is in, in 
many cases, over his head both financially and intellectually. It's always 
that next $250 gizmo that will make all the difference. It will bring it 
all together. No wait... he needs yet something else... and something 
else... Zip drive, Jazz drive, CD drive, DVD drive, $195 printer, $300 
printer, $750 printer, better ink supply, Pentium 5. All because he wanted 
to save money, and not have to buy film!


You forget that for the average american schmuck, consumerism is akin to 
foreplay.  We've seem to collectively lost our ability to voice our opinions 
in the realm of politic and culture, so we exercise it in terms of buying 
stuff.  The newer, the bigger, the faster, the sexier--the better we can 
brag.   Computer stuff is a great boon for "consumeristas" since basically 
even the newest, fastest, biggest and most sexy product is basically obsolete 
 (or passe) as soon as it hits the shelves.  So even though I agree with the 
premise that going digital puts one on an endless technological treadmill of 
purchasing/consumption, I'm still not convinced the average schmuck is going 
to care.

- -kim
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