From the always wonderful Metafilter, a great discussion on an article at NPR about - Overexposed? Camera Phones Could Be Washing Out Our Memories The TL;DR consensus seems to be that this is nothing new and its mostly another post about technology-anxiety. Some interesting points raised that set me thinking, not so much about taking too many pictures to the detriment of memory, more about what comes afterwards - where do all those photos go and how often do they get looked at (my father took and mounted 1000's of slide photos but we only ever viewed a few - do families do slideshows anymore) ? Where will archivists find these images in the future (what happens to an encrypted HDD when you die ? will anyone care about your pictures (or any data for that matter) ?) ? Or will the imagery achieve immortality via the internet-archive (assuming it was public) ? Yeah, I'm feeling a little existential today . . .