OK, some of you already know I am a Commercial Photographer and have been photographing since grade school, which makes for over 30 years, and that I am, well, tenuous, about the effects of digital technology on the art aspects of photography. Many people have mistaken my feelings as being "old school" or somehow resistant to the changes, when nothing is further from the truth. I shoot digital, happily. I just know it is not what most people think it is, particularly ones who really should know better. It takes far too much and requires far too much technical and aesthetic understanding of photography to really explain that, so I'll just leave it at that. My real point is what I see as the often overwhelming negative result that technology seems to have on so many people. Just to touch again on photography, I am constantly frustrated (disgusted is really more like it) at the widespred perception that digital somehow removes the need for talent. Actually, this is nothing new, since it has always been too common to believe that using expensive equipment makes you talented, but digital has brought it to new levels. I also don't want to get into one of my digital photography rants, because it is actually the current issue of the new HD formats which made me want to post this. The many threads in the HD sections, with bashing, name calling, accusations and generally childish behavior, all the more remarkable considering one of the 2 formats isn't even available yet and the other has only 1 player (from what I can tell) and a handful of titles. These exchanges give me fond memories of those civil discussions about DD vs. DTS. People repeatedly attacking each other over audio formats, disc capacity, compression ratios, brands and who knows how many other things, like their very life depends on it. I've seen it for years with Canon owners battling against Nikon owners. During my years as a rep for one of the major camera manufacturers, it was amazing what people would say and do to each other based solely on what camera they owned. I have been interested in audio for nearly as long, and the same thing happens there, and I notice it constantly gets worse in both areas as well as so many others. I really do think that technology brings out the worst in us. Comments are welcome, but all of you dimwit, Blu-Ray supporters just keep your half-baked opinions to yourself.