it shld be:-
"...Now I understand why there are SOME photographers who do not want to align themselves with ANY society"
Going to a place (like SLCC that I'd went previously) to learn & pick up skills? Yes, I'll do that. Joining a club, society, group to pick up skills? Yes. Join what membership, vote what council, goto what AGM? All those are pure rubbish. Ego boosting stuff for a little prince/king with a cohort on his own to further his personal agenda (for good or for bad).
How relevant in today's internet age?I do not understand the history behind the societies. How relevant are they in today's internet age? Any seniors can help to answer?
I guess u'd been 'modernised' to a point where u dun see the basics.
Even though we may be at an internet age, in the future we may be in a space age or nuclear age, whatever age humanity might be. As long as humans exist, there would always be a need to forge a common alliance with a basic underlying purpose to form a society structure.
This is the same as to why countries exists, why is there a need for a Foreign Affairs Ministry for each country to form official/unofficial alliances. Why within countries lies a society at large and many subsets of smaller social groups. If u're looking at a photographic society, its just all but a drop in the bucket for a society at large in general.
Dun get too caught up in all these modern buzzwords lady. There are times when u'll have to refer backwards to move forwards. Like what my former History & Humanities Lecturer always say:-
"To move forward in the future, one must love history."
Yes, LOVE. Humans are strange creatures. Regardless of what we keep saying abt 'equality' and 'openness', the moment we hate something, we will selectively block it off from our line of sight and thought (same as per what I do to Maths).
BTW, I'm not in any society/club, etc for this matter. All opinions expressed are of self-thought & opinion and in no way I'm in alliance/league with any group/association/society/club for that matter. I'm never a group-person anyway.