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This post addresses technological paradigms.

Technological paradigm shifts happen all the time. One example is the telecommunications industries in developing countries, where consumers are choosing to adopt wireless technology before wired technology, reversing the process in developed nations. Another good example would be the handheld communications industry, where cell phones can now act like computers or Internet browsers, in addition to their other functions.

An industry that has recently undergone a paradigm shift is the photography industry. The shift is from chemical to digital photography. Describe what happened to existing companies as the shift unfolded.

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The photography companies experienced the drastic, sudden shift from chemical to digital photography in much the same way that other companies experienced the same type of shifts, like the computer companies and cell phone companies, when technology basically bypassed intermediary steps. This took place when under-developed countries adopted technology that was advanced out of progression than what they had, they skipped the steps in the middle that would have followed the progression of technology. Instead of adopting wired technology and then wireless technology, or instead of adopting internet technology by computers, they adopted internet connectivity through portable devices as the next step.

We see the same evolutionary pattern in the photography industry. Photography using chemical means was first adopted as early as the 1830's, when it was discovered in 1837 by photographer Louis Daquerre that an image that was fixed could be forced to not fade, and that this development process took just under thirty minutes to accomplish. Over the next century, the industry was in a constant state of change by way of advancement. One of the most drastic advancements took place in the late 1800s when Eastman Kodak entered the photography industry and began to make camera film.

In 1984, Canon Camera and Film Company was the first company to debut a digital electronic still camera. This was the first model of a digital camera that was incorporating the use of digital technology that had recently been introduced into the market place and using it in their ...

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This solution provides a detailed discussion with references examining technological paradigms. The example used is the shift from chemical to digital photography.

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