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Must-read on Technology Obsolescence

By Cory Lampert on April 17, 2009 8:28 AM | Permalink
What media succeeds and what happens when it fails? Should we care about obsolete technologies? This past week I was invited to a Journalism department Media Technologies and Society class to engage in a discussion about technology obsolescence. In preparation for what turned out to be a very compelling discussion, I was given a selection of articles to think about. And I just have to pass on the citation for one article that really should be required (and is in fact) very enjoyable, reading for anyone and everyone: Sterling, B. (2004). Built on digital sand. Horizon, 18. As a teaser, I'll include a quote from the article, where Sterling is comparing print media (paper and ink) preservation problems to our current situation:
"Paper documents do die, rather slowly. But the alphabetical symbols on this paper can be copied fairly cheaply and quickly without much loss of fidelity.