[LINK] Internet Archival

Ivan Trundle ivan at itrundle.com
Wed Sep 30 10:24:49 AEST 2009

On 30/09/2009, at 9:49 AM, David Lochrin wrote:

> On Wednesday 30 September 2009 09:06, Ivan Trundle wrote:
>>> 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.
> True, but as Marshall McLuhan observed in 1964 (I've just looked it  
> up :-) the medium and the message form an inter-related whole.  The  
> dynamics of a culture passed down by social customs and stories told  
> around the fire are quite different to a culture passed down by TV.   
> Or to put it another way, it's not possible to abstract the culture  
> from the medium and still understand it properly.

Well, his mantra was after all 'The medium is the message' - and I  
don't disagree. But his philosophy came about in a time when the  
medium did not rule absolutely.

I've also read an interesting article discussing the future, and how  
our children's children will have no need to 'learn' anything, since  
all will be available in the collective 'mind' (i.e Internet) and on  
tap as and when needed, from birth. 'Learning' will be redundant, but  
'wisdom' will be the arbiter of any intelligence metric. Or something  
like this...


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