LUBlub wrote:I was and I'm one the most intense defenders of "merits of loyalty" and need to be agree with Vlad...but unfortunately this situation is like when you buy a very expensive summer italian shoes and at the end of the season same shoes they sale for half the price and lucky people buy...
The question is: how to balance our "old merits" with the "not fair"?
If we decide to adopt filters will be the same interest to be a new RM?....
This subject is also related with the convenience to have our own RM forum without opportunistic visitors or worst than that the "milkers" asking for one signature or how much is the appraisal of my Mom treasure etc etc...
The subject remain open, and is open since long time ago.
Luigi - you have hit the nail on the head. I for one have been able to pick up many of the old journals for next to nothing and have been building the library. I would still value my hard copies of the journal whether they are in digital format or not. All that changes is some of us become true collectors of the journals when both formats are available. I still have a gigantic record collection. When I was a DJ a bucked the CD alternative. Analogue sounds different and I used to DJ through analogue valve systems. Today vinyl is still being produced and actively used in the most modern of club events. Vinyl just sounds warmer. Equate that to journals... I don't have one of these electronic reading devices - I buy and support the book trade. I love to have a book in hand. It's something that electronic alternatives will never substitute - the smell, the feel, the tactile nature of a book. Old journals would continue to live because of human nature.
Guys - the future of this organisation rests in digital media. Those of you reading this message already embrace the digital era, and continue to do so, because you find value in it.
The idea of electronic journals is not only to expand the membership base but could enhance the study of Netsuke. Currently in the journals we see piddly little images, and never as many as we would like of the pieces in discussion. How much more exciting it would be to receive a digital version that allows you to visit a link to a collection of full size HD quality images.
Printing costs also continue to increase as digital media distribution becomes the norm for many organisations. To what cost would you be willing to keep receiving printed journals - $300, $500?
However you feel about the future right now - that the society needs to plan for the future is certain.
That all things inevitably change is not a matter of if, only when.
PS The above is my opinion and not something the society has said to me in any form of correspondence.