I posted in this in a discussion on the flickr group “I Shoot Film” a little while ago. I may rework it into something a bit bigger and post it to my blog, but I thought this bit was maybe worth sharing as it is:
Photography began with a game-changing technological innovation that gave more people the power to create more images more quickly. And its history since then has been a series of game-changing technological innovations with the same effect. Photography is inseparable from that. (Note: This is not to say that what is new is better than what is old, but that old and new methods have been coexisting in photography from almost day one.)
I think it’s been a healthy medium throughout that history and I see no reason why it should change — but at the same time, throughout that history people have been declaring that it has suddenly fallen ill because of this or that new technology, as though whatever technology they had been using wasn’t new a decade or three before…and wasn’t decried in just the same manner at that time.
Mind you, I say these things as someone who in general is a bit fogyish in his photographic tastes and whose gear upgrade path is pointed firmly toward the past. : )