My photography teacher brought this up awhile ago in our photog class, and I thought it was a good point. The trend is certainly that most people are going digital. Most people that have no interest in photography other than capturing memories are going digital because of the convenience and quick turn around. This is great for getting good shots, but it also reduces the "oops" pictures that you have. How many of us used to shoot rolls of film and then go thru them and laugh at all the goofy pictures we ended up with? Eyes closed, mouths open, people not looking at the camera, etc etc. Those kind of pictures are now deleted right after they're taken, and at the very least, they stay on the computer, never to be printed. Now, I find when I go back and look at photos from 20 years ago, the ones that I like the most many times are the unplanned snapshots that at the time were probably considered throw aways. Especially when considering the memory qualities of a picture, those types of photographs a lot of the time show the character and personality of people better than a perfectly posed photo. My question is, now that so many people are going digital.. where will be be 50 years from now in terms of having pictures that will endure? Most people (at least ME) have thousands of pictures on their harddrive, but do they eever end up being printed? Especially the people that don't take care to backup and print pictures to save them, those photos that would have once been at least printed and stored away somewhere are now lost forever. Do you think this will cause us to lose a lot of our "history"? Especially in terms of the day to day things? I look at photos from the 50s and such, and I"m more interested in the snapshot type than the ones that were probably considered "Good". Just something I thought was interesting. Please feel freee to add your thoughts.