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According to a recent New York Times article, the more perfect our creative outputs can be, the more imperfect we yearn for them to be.

A recent article in the New York Times highlights one of the ironies of digital technology – it appears that the more advanced, perfecting features our digital cameras and music players evolve towards, the more we yearn for the charming imperfections of analog cameras of yore (Polaroids, Lomos, etc.) Citing media like the Hipstamatic iPhone app, IZotope Vinyl recording software and the Geocities-izer, Rob Walker’s article begs the question; will this sometimes-comical yearning for the technologies of the days of yore find a way into other forms of media?

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