Digital cameras and forgotten memories

Digital cameras and forgotten memories

Summary: Long story short, myself and my friend Dan were contemplating whether digital cameras, the modern replacement for film-fed cameras, were the cause of diminishing memories of the best days of our lives - at university.Although this podcast was spur of the moment; not recorded under professional circumstances (but when have I done that anyway?

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Long story short, myself and my friend Dan were contemplating whether digital cameras, the modern replacement for film-fed cameras, were the cause of diminishing memories of the best days of our lives - at university.

Although this podcast was spur of the moment; not recorded under professional circumstances (but when have I done that anyway?), you'll be in for a treat. At some point, a bird outside went nuts, the 1608 from London Charing Cross to Margate went by, and if you're lucky, you can hear me shuffling from one side of the sofa to the other to reach my cup of tea.

(I even cut out a little part which left in could have sparked a diplomatic incident.)

Needless to say, have a listen and see what you think. Could digital cameras be the reason why we end up devolving in hundreds of years time? Speculation, contemplation, and the mad ramblings of two students; probably slightly delirious from the heat wave.

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    No but the complete reliance on technology for everything, every moment, every day is. Humans need to be outside, to experience life and it's smell, touch and taste. The advent of technology has silo'd the modern man so much that he is more out of touch than ever before, even though he is connected 24/7/365.

    One of the reasons I don't own a cell phone. I would rather see my friends than chat over a phone. I enjoy my freedom from the pressure of owning a cell phone as well. Trust me, when you don't own one and you watch people that do it's really fun!

    Disconnect, get out and enjoy life without technology once in a while. Digital cameras are just more efficient method to record a memory, event. Something that can be passed down one generation to the next. ]:)
    Linux User 147560
    • I agree completely ......

      ......wait a second, what were we talking about again? :-)
      DigitalFrog
  • RE: Digital cameras and forgotten memories

    Love it, lager + stupidity = opinions on neurological processes.

    Also the background music hahaha.
    danielgwood
    • Music credits

      Two of my favourites :)

      [fst] I'm From Barcelona - We're From Barcelona
      [snd] Whistling Jack Smith - I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman

      And yes, those are both primitive data types, high-order functions if you will, of Haskell 98 :)
      zwhittaker
  • RE: Digital cameras and forgotten memories

    It can be fun to speculate on these weighty matters (well - the lager STARTS OUT weighty!) but I am not sure that much of it has a solid basis.

    While very true that people don't remember phone numbers (even ME, and I used to know ALL the ones I needed - along with things like Driver's license number, VIN from the car, etc etc) but I don't think there is a 'cascade' or trickle-down effect on people's capabilities. What we see instead is a NEW and DIFFERENT capability - for which there was previously no need.

    I speak of the new, and now necessary, ability to sort, classify, catalog or trash - triage if you will - the overwhelming volume of input that we are subject to each day. This is the only way of remaining viable (OK, relatively sane :) ) in the face of these mountains of data.

    If the digital photos are getting lost - they were determined to be of limited value early in their existence... it is not difficult or expensive to get hard copies of the worth-while ones - and CD or DVD archiving is pretty trivial too. If the pic is of your current bird - you'd BETTER have a hard copy beside your desk or somewhere! :)

    AS for the lost phone numbers? That kind of 'medium-term' storage (because they change as people move, lose phones etc) is now perhaps taken up with remembering all those passwords to all those accounts/sites/banks/forii that you need to track - or at the least to have access to your key-ring!

    So - I fell the capacity has remained similar - but its use and prioritization is vastly different from when I was a schoolie. So - cheer up - the next generations will just as stupid, and smart, as we were!
    Freebird54