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Sometimes, in the decades after he came home from World War II, it seemed as if the movie camera was surgically attached to Christoffel Teeuwissen's hand. He carried it everywhere, trained it on everything. When they widened the street in front of his house in Florida, there he was. When a septic tank was installed in West Virginia, there he was. High school football games, construction sites, the building of a swimming pool -- there he was, camera in hand. Film ebbed into video, and he kept recording.
It all started with the pre-historic storytelling... In order to pass on scarce knowledge to the future generations, so that they can bypass the calamities and have a better prospects of surviving.
Now, it's all about "me" and egotistic preservation of "my" own experience, as if this will prolong our lives and somehow make us immortal.
After all, when was the last time YOU watched your grandparents' photos or videos..? When do you think your outspringing descendants will ever watch yours..?
Digital images are far easier to manipulate. Without the actual negative, there's no "paper trail" if you will, to prove that the image is the original, unedited version.
I know it probably makes me sound paranoid (and no, I don't live on a secluded compound in Wyoming) but the inability to trace the provenance and authenticity of a digital image is much more worrisome than any concerns about losing touch with physical media. In the 50's and 60's, people went to a lot of trouble to fake up images of "UFOs" that were hard to debunk. These days, it would be impossible.