A paradox? Not quite.
But a few things have inspired me to think about archives lately – use vs. preservation.
The sad fact is, the more you lean toward preservation, the less access you have. Using causes damage, speeds aging.
Preservation puts a barrier between people and materials. Digital preservation doesn’t capture a full physical experience, just as one cannot “print out” a web site without contradicting the very fundamental point of hyperlinking and the technology of the web.
So the more you use your favorite things, the more you destroy them.
Continue reading a horrible coincidence
I was on alc.co.jp looking up a phrase just now, and they have an ad that wants you to sign up for their twitter feed. The ad went:
You can translate that as: we are mumbling information!
I wonder if つぶやく (to mumble; to murmur) is now the verb used for twittering in Japanese? What is a tweet, a つぶやき?
Here’s a google ad I just got next to my email…
Photos: That’s in my Gut?
This site guarantees to remove really gross stuff from your gut.
Guess what? One of my photos (of a baseball game!) is on the first page of results when you do a Yahoo! image search for “kinds of motions.”
Can I just say how much I love that my Flickr stats show me this kind of detailed information about how people find my photos and what they are looking at?
Also, I am dying to know more about the person who did this search but I guess that is the kind of detailed information I cannot have.