Watch some hipsters whine about digital media

Short film praises vinyl, VHS, Super 8 film and cassettes; annoys regular people

One of the reasons I got into this whole technology writing gig is that I love new technology. Every time something new comes out, I want to see what improvements have been made to the previous version.


So get kind of annoyed by people that tend to praise the "old stuff" as if they're technology was the best thing ever created. Nowhere is that more prevalent than in the music, photography and film space. Witness this video from the PBS OffBook team (by the way, I do like the short films that they're producing), in which a bunch of hipsters discuss their love of vinyl records, cassette tapes, VHS, analog film, Super 8 film and other media formats.

Listen, I loved a bunch of my albums growing up, and I still have boxes of cassette tapes somewhere in my basement. But I evolved to CDs, DVDs and digital media. For me, it's always been about the content - the movie, the song or the people in the photograph. I love the fact that I have 100 times more photos and videos of my children than my parents could ever take of me growing up. I get the fact that a lot of these people have passion for their media format, but I also feel like they look down upon those of us who enjoy the new technologies.

Of course, I could just still be bitter over the fact that my Dad bought a Betamax VCR instead of a VHS one back in the early '80s.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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