All we need is a hundred year Carrington Event to burn away nearly a century of archived media in the big houses. Although considering the recent Universal archives fire.. we may not have to wait that long.Gah, this thread is too depressing to contemplate: I had no idea even BD-R as backup storage was considered passe now. The mass herd has moved on to cloud storage, or no storage at all, while I suppose the corporate world has moved to Azure or Amazon or some such. I fear the (probably fast approaching) day when external HDDs and USB sticks disappear: I vastly prefer my files be in my physical possession, thanks.
Perhaps the imminent explosion, implosion and consolidation of streaming services might nudge people back to the thought that, hey, perhaps its not such a bad idea to actually own some physically-stored media files. Disney recently hammered a stake thru the heart of NetFlix core library, a half dozen other big players are poised to enter the fray and trigger a street fight, broadcast networks are getting greedy with distribution fees to the point of cutting their own throats, the cloud is getting hacked more frequently than trees in the rainforest. Lots of factors are conspiring to end the relatively brief period when it seemed the naively utopian Star Trek Holodeck had come true (rely on a one or two beneficent streaming sources for all media consumption, no need to personally own anything, the entire world of music, TV and film will be at my fingertips forever with no petty squabbling among studios or tech giants to interrupt access or bill me by the number of dialog lines).
Fun times ahead. The current generation of entitled kids born with an iPhone in one hand and cheap-as-chips NetFlix subscription in the other will be gobsmacked when old-school business realities return with a vengeance to snatch their assumptions away.
It seems everyday I go online and try to find something that was left alone for 'years' when some newbie intern decides to 'Spring Clean' and save the company tons of money in storage fees to boost their career. After all, anyone that would be interested in that old stuff died years ago.. and ya'know.. its not 'New'.
There is a small number of middle aged slackers who are hording physical media in case of a natural or legal apocalypse that makes it all but unobtainable.. but pretty soon we may have to go back to millenium disc and petroglyphs.
Things tend to go in cycles.. and if there is one thing we humans are likely to do.. its repeat very bad ideas.. just look at what happened to the library at Alexandria.
I think we're a bit over due.