A dozen years of change and non-change

Remember, September 11, 2001

Remember, September 11, 2001

It’s hard to believe, today is already the 12 year anniversary of 9/11.  The conference that I’m attending in Washington DC had these pins and it got me thinking.  There’s been so much technological change over the last decade or so and unfortunately not much social change during the same time.

The 9/11 attacks were an inflection point that had a huge impact on history, of course,  It certainly changed the course of several countries.  But this is a photography blog so I won’t get into politics.  On the photography front, 9/11 was the event that brought digital to the forefront, at least in photo journalism.

The primitive DSLRs of that era recorded some of the most iconic images from those tragic events. Some apparently survived within the rubble of those fallen buildings.  In 12 years, with the help of Moore’s Law, we can all get digital cameras for $100 that, in many ways, rivals the images captured by those early digital cameras.  The 2.6MP Nikon D1 used back then cost $5000.  That’s down from $12,000 for a Kodak DSLR just a few years before that.

I know machines change quicker than people, understandably.  And not all technology changes are good.  But wouldn’t it be wonderful if some of this positive technology can make a positive impact on society, perhaps making it improve a bit faster.


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6 thoughts on “A dozen years of change and non-change

  1. Actually there is plenty of evidence that society, by and large, along with life in general is improving and doing so at a faster rate than most people imagine. It just makes for boring headlines. The media focuses on the bad because that’s what sells but the reality is quite different. Despite the fighting going on in the Middle East and the humanitarian tragedies of Africa, the number of people dying from violent deaths is decreasing at an almost exponential rate. What used to be called third-world is now referred to as developing world precisely because they are now showing signs of actual improvements in living standards as opposed to 10-20 years ago when there seemed to be no hope for those countries.
    There’s all sorts of theories as to why this is happening and technology is often referred to as being one of the reasons for this change. Things like the Internet and mobile communications have gone a long way for raising awareness and bringing opportunities to people who once upon a time had zero chance of bettering their lives.
    Or maybe I’m just too much of an optimist 😉

      1. Cedric, this is really heartwarming. Thank you for posting it. I think the internet and social media specifically has the ability for individuals to communicate with each other. When individuals talk, they can realize that there are more things in common than not.

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