posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 08:11 PM
Something I can't believe hasn't been brought up is how disastrous this is to future generations!
We are creating a new Dark Ages by getting rid of printed or hand-written books!
Why? Because not only can digital works be deleted, not just intentionally but unintentionally...but all storage mediums are vulnerable to powerful
EMPs. All it would take is one nuclear explosion or one large solar flare to throw us back into the Stone Age, thank you very much!
However, what is far more likely is obsolescence. Have you ever tried opening a Word 2.0 Document that you diligently backup every year? Give it a
try! Once you figure out that you can't open it in newer versions of Word, try getting your old Word 2.0 Floppy Diskettes to install on your computer
(assuming you still have them). No go? Well, see if you can find a Converter Utility for it. None exist? Too bad! I guess you can kiss that 20 year
old document good-bye!
20 years obsolescence on the most popular Format of that time period!
What if the extent of Human Knowledge only went back 20 years?
So, are these libraries planning on putting aside the money to convert their entire holdings every 10-20 years? Of course not! They are too
short-sighted to realize this is actually a costlier way of doing business! If you save a few dollars today, who cares what it will cost you
tomorrow...that's someone else's problem to deal with!
Thankfully, I'm not the only one who is concerned about the flux of Information in this Information Age being lost to subsequent generations and
creating an unintentional Dark Ages (just as the jealous guarding of Libraries and the ability to read and write by the Catholic Church in order to
control the masses lead to a Dark Ages).
Here is an article Introduction to Digital Archeology
that covers precisely why
the Digital Medium is such a concern.
Here is another Some Digital Preservation Fallacies
And another Coming Soon: A Digital Dark Age?
For each and every book I type into E-Text and format into PDF format, I also copy a book by hand and put it into a chest to sealed upon my death. At
least I know the wisdom of the Ancient World will be preserved for future generations, even if the wisdom of the Modern World is lost to all of