Wednesday, September 13, 2006

We Might Have Been Better Off With The Olivetti Typewriter

So says the Times this morning. It seems the information highway needs a speedlimit; technological obsolesence is making relatively recent records inaccessible. Of course, there are two sides to this coin. One can look at it this way:

"If we don't solve the problem, our time will not become part of the past," said Kenneth Thibodaux, who directs electronic records preservation for the National Archives. "It will largely vanish."

This is the good news. History will have no record of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, the Novus Ordo, rap music (or indeed pop music at all), reality television or the designated hitter rule. In this sense, technology can't move fast enough.

The bad news is that The Inn will be lost to the memory of man. Oh, the horror.