So in this thread, we go into a lot of depth about old abandoned formats of various sorts making comebacks. Vinyl records, photographic film, etc… Apparently something like 60% of photographic film users have started using it in the past 5 years, and 30% are under 35 years old.
I’m a Gen-X person, and generally subscribe to the onward & upward mentality that characterized my parents and their parents - newer is generally better. Cassette tapes were more portable than records, CDs sounded better, didn’t wear, and were considerably smaller and less fragile. Digital cameras just beat the shit out of film in nearly every regard. I never had ANY urge to go back to cylinder recordings, or medium format film when I was a kid- LPs and 35mm or 110 were just better and more convenient. And now that I’m using digital cameras, I don’t look back on 35mm with any real fondness either. Same for records. Or CDs for that matter. I never have wanted to go scrounge up an old 19" B&W tv and watch anything on that either.
But there’s apparently a significant cohort of young people who think it’s cool for some reason to go back and use the old obsolete stuff their parents and grandparents happily kicked to the curb decades ago.
My question is why? There are very good reasons that the older tech has ceased to have an effective presence in the marketplace, which are usually some combination of quality, durability, portability and ease of use. There seems to be some sort of fascination with the technology of the past among today’s young people and at risk of sounding like a grumpy old fart, it’s something I don’t get at all.