Archiving our digital history
There are quick flashes across CDs. I wonder if any of those are from the 260+ different types of AOL CD-ROMs from the Internet Archive collection. A quick cut to a close up of a remote control sitting in a toy powerboat. Heaven only knows what toy powerboats have to do with digital or cultural archiving. Then there is the emotional drawcard. "These are where you find the stories that we've lost. Becuase they've been discarded by others without any idea of their value." Does this sound like the ideals of a digital horder? Digital Hoarding ... un, we prefer to call the endless saving of digital content as Personal Digital Archiving.
The loss of digital content is a serious thing. So much data and content is being created every year, that it drowns out all the content has been made from the year before. New content is great and Google prioritorises newer content over old content. Google places a greater emphasis on the importance of recentness of content, particularly with news. This leads to the unintended consequence of website authors creating more content to destroy and obfuscate old content. There was nothing wrong with the old content. Old content is just old news with old websites being blown away in the digital dust. Are we possibly living in the Digital Dark Ages.
Another cut and a close up of two boxes of software. Your Reading Power and Hooked on Phonics. Pow. I wonder if there was any level of irony when video media starts talking about the loss of printed media. Next stop, the long look at the 1990's collection of stereo equipment. No, it is probably from the 2000's. Is this the back of a lifeline store? Surely this isn't somebody's personal collection? Then there is another close up of Entrepreneurs' Guide to Labor & Property Law; Another box of goodies not available on the Archive.
We said, let's get all of culture online.
Won't that be great.
Aaand, unfortunately if anybody turns the switch,
it's just gone. Zero. Blacked out.
What percentage of the internet has vanished? Now that is asking the witness. Oh, the vast majority. Maybe that is true by some measurement but so much digital junk is being created at this very moment that it's size is overloading the Internet from just ten years ago. Absolutely staggering. And herein lies the puncher, most websites don't get the rescue. I don't know what the rescue is but it sure sounds very important.
Analyzing the now, what are people years from now going to look back and think of the first decades of the Internet? Jason's flirty response, Um, they are going to think that we had no taste in color.
I definitely think that people should save their own digital footprints.
... Mail it to your most technologically un-advanced relative
and say that this really matters a lot to me. And this will hold
it for quite some time.
Another tantilizing show of audio equipment and book covers. Let me check, Unlock the secrets of your mind is not in the Internet Library either. So many lost treasures. But Jason's rule is, if it's on plastic then we'll save a copy of it.
Watch Jason talk about digital archiving
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