This week, Polaroid has decided to stop making the instant film for their cameras. Edwin Land invented the instant film technology, and the company profited mightily for the better part of four decades on this single idea. There are other companies who make instant film cameras, but the name Polaroid became a false generic for the style of photography, like Jell-O is for gelatin or Q-Tip is for cotton swabs.
Nowadays, instant pictures are just too slow when a digital camera shows you an image, albeit a tiny, tiny image, in a fraction of a second instead of a minute later. I have to wonder if squinting at tiny images on cellphones is going to cause eye strain in the younger generation quicker, or will it be good exercise that causes eye strain to progress more slowly. My guess is the former, but I'm a better 'splainer than a predictor.
I picked today's song because I think Outkast is going to be around for a while, but ten years from now when this is played on a "classic R&B" station, little kids are going to wonder "What's a Polaroid picture and how do I shake it?"
Now playing: Outkast - Hey Ya!
18 May 2013
59 minutes ago