I was in high school when I remember there was a program on VOA talking about the revolution digital cameras (I guess they were talking about the first one from Kodak, but I may be wrong) will bring about. Everyone can be an artist, can shoot anytime they want, etc...
I think one big thing digital photography has given us is crappy noisy and simply bad images that we keep losing when the hard drive crashes or the CD/DVD scratches, or the website hosting them goes under.
I mean we used to have printed family pictures, albeit not that great either but at least in hard copy long lasting printed form; now all people have is some crappy volatile files that they think they can keep forever. Seems like nobody knows that these CDs or DVDs will not be there when they actually should be looking at these pictures 20 years from now (not 2 secs after they take the pictures on their camera LDC monitors).
I know people still print pictures and that part is also easier than before (you take the picture, and hit a button and it prints or you can uplaod the files and get the prints the next day in the mail or at the local pharmacy/grocery store) but the majority (specially younger people) do not do that, so although we have so many pictures around us, they are not going to be there in the long run. Most elderly photographers don't even download them from their memory cards, it is always in the camera available to show people!
What do you guys think?
As you can see, I don't just use the technology, I reflect on it too