Jason Scott on archiving our digital history
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.
There are quick flashes across CDs. I wonder if any of those are from the AOL library. 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 were 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?
Another cut and a close up of two boxes of software. Your Reading Power and Hooked on Phonics. Pow. I wonder why neither of these gems are in the open library. 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.
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.