If you’ve used Storify in the past, it’s time to save your stories before they shut down in May https://t.co/KQfOPZGhgL
— Carl Zimmer (@carlzimmer) January 28, 2018
In Robert Heinlein’s uneven late work Friday the mentor of the protagonist mentions that because of a possible collapse of technological civilization he maintains a collection of paper books.
This crossed my mind when I saw that Storify is shutting down. Or Kevin Drum’s reflections on the changes in blogging.
I’ve put a lot of content out there over the years. Probably on the order of 5 million words across my blogs. Some publications here and there. Lots of tweets. But very little of it will persist into future generations. Digital is evanescent.
But so is paper. I believe that even good hardcover books probably won’t last more than a few hundred years.
Perhaps we should go back to some form of cuneiform? Stone and metal will last thousands of years.