This is not a shaggy dog story, although a dog carries the tale through history starting with the campfire. Digital Dark Age cleverly illustrates some of the important technologies we have invented to capture our stories and carry their threads across space and time.
We live in the present and embrace new technologies that move at a faster and faster pace, but without effective systems in place to store our memories is it possible that, as Mark Twain once wrote, in the future we won’t recall ‘any but the things that never happened?’
This is the cautionary note: the more complex the technology we make to keep our records the less control we have over our ideas, our writings, our photos, our history and arguably ourselves. The dog hasn’t swallowed our story; we are simply unleashing it with our love of new technology. Is there nothing that can be done? Read this new book for some great tips on saving our past and present for the future.
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