Analog Retirement T-Shirt by BustedTees

Spotted this shirt, titled “Analog Retirement”, over at BustedTees. The design might be cute and creative, but it was obviously created by someone who isn’t a photographer. Sure the photographic film industry hasn’t been doing so hot over the past decade, but you can’t compare film with cassette tapes, VHS tapes, and floppy disks. Those technologies offer no advantages over the ones that replaced them, while analog photography does. As long as there are people passionate about shooting film, the medium should do just fine.

  • Jeremy Randall

    Not to mention floppy discs aren’t analog…

  • Steven Peters

    “the medium should do just fine.”
    Tell that to Kodak, who may end film production soon.

  • Mauricio Munuera

    hahahaha just smile and nod along, they don’t know what they’re doing, the poor things…
    But, still, the t-shirt is cute as hell :)

  • Matt Fisher

    At their lowest level floppies actually are analog.  The ones and zeroes are represented as clusters of differently aligned magnetic particles – not a single particle, but a cluster sufficiently large to induce voltage in the read/write solenoid.  As a cluster of similarly-aligned particles passes the solenoid a corresponding voltage is triggered.  This voltage is amplified, but it’s attenuated below a certain level as a means of error correction – too small a voltage is considered to be a likely error rather than an actual bit of information.  So the digital information is represented by clusters of magnetic particles sufficiently large to be classified as either a 1 or a 0 but not both; these clusters can only be thought of as analog.  Modern hard drives use a considerably smaller but similar principle.

    tl;dr floppies and hard drives are use an analog method to represent digital data.

  • Richard Ford

    Ummmm….screw us passionate film shooters.  THere is this little industry that makes these things called moving pictures.  They are about 90% film and will be for a long time.

  • Ranger 9

    VHS tape was/is a convenient way to record TV programs for later viewing without having to pay for an ongoing subscription a la Tivo. My parents still use theirs a lot. Cassettes were/are an inexpensive way to share personalized mix tapes with your friends, which isn’t terribly easy to do with an iPod. So maybe what the shirt actually shows is film being welcomed into the fellowship of technologies that are no longer trendy but are still useful… not sure what the floppy is doing in that group, but somebody may rediscover its virtues as well…

  • Michael

    Seems like a fair statement to me.  I can’t remember the last time I used any of those things.

  • Jonathan Bean

    Not to mention that the film in the canister is upside down!

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  • Havard Fandrem

    Sigh, I remember when this blog was about photographing and cameras, and not clothes and cakes.

  • Studentjohn36

    I work with cassettes every week, as there is a huge body of modern classical music performance (some cases, the only performance) in 1980’s audiocassettes. Most are salvage-worthy so long as I have a clean refurbished deck to play them back on. A cassette, I can fix; a DAT, now, when those go bad, you’re SOL.

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