Don't worry, this isn't "I'm going digital" - far from it. Tonight while surfing wikipedia about arcane photographic and cinematic topics like bleach bypass, 35mm cine formats, re-cans, and short ends (I never knew black tape was reserved for exposed film), it got me thinking how the use of film, or more appropriately analog technology as a whole, indirectly affects society and community. It's been known for a bit that movie attendance is on the decline, with the movie industry having various reasons as to it's cause. I just recently looked around for articles on this, and came across a 2007 MPAA study (consider the source) lightly echoing at the chipping away of attendance in various age groups (although this study seems to have some spin on it) - in addition to a myriad of other articles that are all retrievable via google. It's well known that the use of modern technology like digital capture allows easy redistribution, duplication (legal in this context), and delivery to the consumer. Communication network providers have been gearing up for this for a while - increasing their aggregate bandwidth limits and generally preparing for the "new media" of this and future generations to fill the pipes. This concept of shifting audiences, or at least delivery to the same audience, has been documented, predicted, and currently observed. The lack of movie attendance isn't really the direct point - it's how newer technologies like digital affect this in a deeper sociological way. Every new technology has an effect somehow, but some affect accessibility and exposure so broadly that what once was is now a new thing entirely. Remember those Friday or Saturday movie nights we are, or were, familiar with growing up? Even the most anti-social of us probably have a few memories of this. Remember going to the museum or gallery and seeing photographic prints or art directly in front of you, or even something as simple as a concert, complete with others taking in the same experience? What did those mean to us? Did you meet anyone or value the shared experience of taking part in something the rest of your community, or maybe a new one being formed right then, might have also enjoyed? Before, these types of activities weren't relegated to a specific place just out of option - it was required due to inherent limitations in the technology available to us. There was no video game system to provide your home arcade, no HD DVD player with multi-channel surround sound to form your personal theater, and no software to organize your digital photo collection into a neat compartmentalized arrangement of images for easy viewing and sorting. We can do all that now - and people have been doing it in droves. With the advent and daily assimilation of digital technologies that can deliver directly to a person with no tactile or physical requirement, do you think our familiar channels of interpersonal communication and community are affected by the lack of shared, tangible, contact? Are we quickly moving towards a society with much less interpersonal contact and shared experience as the accepted standard?