Photography is a technical art, and the technology of photography has undergone immense change throughout its nearly 200 year history. The pace has never been more rapid than at present. As anybody who’s been paying the slightest bit of attention for the last 10 to 20 years knows, the tsunami of digital change which has hit photography has not been without its problems.
Many of the latest set of difficulties could have been avoided. I’m going to start a new set of posts that I’m calling the Technology Hall of Shame. These will focus on the more egregious cases of customer abuse by the providers of photographic, computer, and related technologies. I’m doing this not in the spirit of general crabbiness, although I do admit to taking a bit of pleasure in complaining about things that have bothered me for years, but to encourage technologists to alter their approach to designing, delivering, and supporting their products.
It’s too late for the members of the Technology Hall of Shame, but it’s not too late for those developing similar products. There are common threads that run through the pathways by which members of the Technology Hall of Shame achieve their exalted position.
Perhaps when I find my enthusiasm for this set of posts winding down, I will attempt to tease out and identify these threads.