Originally Posted by peripatetic
Digital media have a limited shelf life of course, but the data can be copied from one to another.
I work daily with some data and files that are over 30 years old. They have survived storage on probably 8-9 different forms of storage over the years and backed up thousands of times.
Digital photos are just data. There is no obvious reason why they will not be available for use by our great-great-great-great grandchildren if anyone cares enough to preserve them.
Right. Good point!
"...if anyone cares enough to preserve them."
If you don't care, then whether it's film of digital, it's going down the tubes. Whereas if you DO care, digitial is much easier to preserve, since there is no loss, no matter how often you switch media.