Defending so-called “outdated” technology is a cottage industry itself these days, especially when the replacements prove to be less than the paradigm shifts they were intended to be. For instance: people will argue over whether vinyl sounds better than Compact Disc or the other way around, and there are points to be made on both sides, but as the CD gives way to digital downloads — well, nobody is going to argue that an MP3 sounds better than vinyl. Nobody who’s heard a bunch of them, anyway. There are lossless compression schemes out there, but they increase the download time about tenfold.
So I’m not quite sure what to make of Hipstamatic, an iPhone app that essentially simulates old low-end cameras, priced at somewhere around Goodwill retail for an old low-end camera. It is, I’m thinking, probably easier to use than the real thing, which has a learning curve about the length of N rolls of film, where N = “more than you might have thought.” Purists — I have a couple in mind — will presumably spurn it. On the other hand, I might recommend it to my daughter, who has an iPhone and little time to devote to getting really good at stuff, especially stuff that’s at least as old as she is.
(Yet another island in the tweetstream. And you should have seen the titles I threw away before hitting on this one.)