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Digital World Taking Over

Submitted by on September 9, 2009 – 20:582 Comments

Recently, a teacher in my Sunday School class took leave and went for a tour in Canada. She was there for a month, sight-seeing and visiting some friends. I thought the holidays would do her good cause she has been working really hard and deserved the break. Canada must be a nice place to go to anyway, or am I just jealous that people around me get to go everywhere and anywhere they want to while the furthest I’ve ever traveled is Singapore. I think I need to venture out of Asia to see the beauty of the many parts on earth that is so totally different compared to our always-sunny country.

Anyway, so this teacher, I saw her last Sunday and like usual, I was expecting sharing of photos and pictures and experiences and yeadah yeadah yeadah (you know, the normal stuff when someone comes home from traveling). But guess what? All she did was gave me a CD and said it is all in there. And I was like, “Huh?” Apparently, she was using a digital camera, and knowing digital cameras, it is quite a hassle to actually print out the photos taken, plus it is quite costly to do so. So she just burnt everything into a CD, all the pictures and photos she has taken, and passed the CDs around instead. What a brilliant idea!

Brilliant as it is, a CD doesn’t have an impact as strong as printed photos. I came home with the CD, put it aside, reminding myself to take a look at it the next time I turn on the computer. But I always forget about it when I finally do turn on my computer. And it makes me wonder did the rest whom gotten the same CD from her actually remember to view it.

It’s really different viewing photos on the computer and holding them in my hands. It seems to have lost its ‘ummph’ viewing slideshow of the photos. Mom used to think that digital camera is not practical. She said it makes people watch slideshow on computer rather than enjoying themselves flipping the photo album instead. It becomes a boring activity, she said. Oh well! I do agree with her until a certain point. I still prefer photos that I can hold in my hands. If kept properly, these photos should be able to last longer than those in a CD.

I’m not saying that digital camera is not good, not at all. It is convenient, affordable, and definitely a better product for the future (if only we take the effort to print out the photos that are important to us and not depend on the computer to preserve them all). I remember my uncle telling me that he has lost all his precious photos. When I asked where he kept them before this, he said it was all in his laptop. But when it has to be reformatted, all the photos had to be terminated. There goes all his sweet memories and adventure photos… lost in eternity.

And I began to question the arrival of the digital world. Does it bring more benefits compared to disasters? Maybe, we as humans, should learn how to welcome the digital world in a way that it will not take over what we already have. Certain things should not change with the stepping-in of the digital world because they are better off preserved. Not all new things are good. It really depends on how we react and respond to it.

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2007

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  • jeff (Jeff Zak) says:

    This happen to me, I lost some of my precious photos when my Pc memory went kaput!
    I went back to using my old Leica R-E film camera. Enjoyed it! but found out that printing those film was getting a bit more expensive these days.
    So, gave that up, and bought myself a better digital camera and an external harddisk. I still miss film!

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