Flickr has sent the message to the nice Pro customers that they should put up and shut up. "Things change, deal with it!" "This is our new business model!" "You're all a bunch of vicious haters!" I feel a bit exploited, chewed up and thrown away, people! I got the same feeling when Netflix limited its services and charged more money for less stuff, the same feeling the day after I voted for President Bush in 2004, and realized that now he could do whatever he wanted and he didn't need "us" (in this case, conservative voters) anymore; and I think these feelings are both similar to the general economic malaise most of us are experiencing, where we are told we have to adapt to the new reality, which in practical terms turns out worse for most of us, and perhaps significantly better for a very few of "us" (I use quotes because those who benefit from these shakeups usually don't consider themselves part of the rest of us).

If someone says "Change is good", one could reasonably reply "No, change is neutral. Change is sometimes good. What are we changing to?" Often the people who like change for change's sake don't have a response to that one. But we shouldn't fault those people too much for their bending to the winds of change... they are usually just trying to make the best of things. The real problems are the people who lie about those changes to the rest of us and then pocket all the cash and all the rights to our photos! The quality of new Flickr has gone so downhill it seems like a sure and certain sign of the end times...

For we few happy exiles, let us pray the rosary, and post pictures to Ipernity... at least until it is taken over by the selfish Overlords and changes its layout and terms of service, too. ;))))