[LINK] Internet Archival

Ivan Trundle ivan at itrundle.com
Wed Sep 30 09:06:12 AEST 2009

On 29/09/2009, at 9:57 PM, David Lochrin wrote:

> On Tuesday 29 September 2009 09:19, Ivan Trundle wrote:
>> On 28/09/2009, at 10:37 PM, Kim Holburn wrote:
>>> The trouble is that both the first decades of TV and the first
>>> decades of the internet have been interesting and creative times.
>>> If we lose 90% of that material or more, little will be left for our
>>> descendants who will not have a choice like we have, of
>>> saving it or not.  It will just be gone.  Perhaps it doesn't matter.
>> You raise a good point, but I wonder if it is really, really
>> important to trap and store this boundless creativity.
> It's history, so yes it's important to save at least a good part of  
> it.  Our descendants need to be able to see where their fore-fathers  
> have been.  I can think of a few popular shows on commercial TV, not  
> to mention parts of certain newspapers, which are the absolute dregs  
> of "lowest common denominator" culture IMO (and of course I wouldn't  
> watch them :-) but they do shed a lot of light on the mind of the  
> late 20th - early 21st century man.

Funny how some cultures have managed to do this for thousands of years  
without resorting to any technology at all... 'Saving' something in  
our contemporary society is a very different process.


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