I just finished downloading, “Woven,” an app that allows me to view pictures uploaded to the icloud via various platforms. I have pictures on Microsoft and Google. But with all 1,500 photos and videos I have access to, all of which are on my hard drive and my SD card as well, how often do I actually look at these pictures?
Sure it brings back memories. But the memories of my childhood are decomposing in my mother’s house somewhere. No one lives there anymore, and the utilities have been turned off, so there is a good chance that none of those pictures still exist. Are there 1,500 images; no, of course not. Cheap digital cameras built into a cheap cellphone make it easy to take thousands of images inconspicuously. Am I taking a photograph or am I reading a text message? If I mute the camera, you’ll never know any different.
Plus I don’t have to lug around a film camera and a video camera anymore. But do we take new technology for granted? Pictures and videos here, there, everywhere. The ability to retrieve media we’ve lost on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Vine. The ability to tag photos, or be tagged, and search a database for pictures we’re in. I no longer have a blog, but I still have access to images I’ve uploaded to that blog .
Perhaps there are too many images, too many videos. Media is cheap and disposable; I saw a 64 GB SD card on sale for $10. That is room for over 22,000 images for my 2 megapixel camera. Back in 2007 I paid $300 for a PC with a 300 GB hard drive.
Our ancestors could not afford to store as many images as we can now for a fraction of the costs they would have incurred. Yet I never print these photographs, and if I were to die today, no one would know the passwords used to retrieve them from the cloud. If it weren’t for Facebook the memory of me, for those that never met me in real life, would inevitably disappear. At some point technology gets away from us. This is human nature. Some media is going to be lost in the process. Some processes will be outdated and will change. Your new computer might not have a DVD player attached to it. Your new device only shipped with 8 GB of storage, do you know how to expand it, is it even physically possible to extend that amount without the cloud? What happens when Wi-Fi itself is outdated? What will we do with these legacy devices then? How will we retrieve our memories? How will we record the memories we make in the future?