Beautiful truth

I’ve tried to articulate my feelings about data preservation, digital decay and the loss of our collective culture down the memory hole. I’ve written about Tears in the Rain, Magnoliloss and Linkrot. I’ve spoken about Open Data, The Long Web and All Our Yesterdays.

But all of my words are naught compared to a single piece of writing by Joel Johnson on Gizmodo. It’s called Raiding Eternity. From the memories stored on Flickr, past the seed bank of Svalbard, out to the Voyager golden record, it sweeps and soars in scope …but always with a single moment at its center, a single life, a single death.

Please read it. It is beautiful and it is truthful.

When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say’st,
Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

John Keats

Have you published a response to this? :

Previously on this day

11 years ago I wrote The Austin Report

Ess Ex Ess Doubleyou Eye Oh Nine

12 years ago I wrote Moderation

Power goes to my head.

15 years ago I wrote Where's Durstan?

It was Andy’s idea.

16 years ago I wrote Probot

How cool is this?…

17 years ago I wrote REbranding

Making branding more honest. My favourite is the rebranded Google.

17 years ago I wrote By Jingo

A British commander addresses his troops and tells them:

18 years ago I wrote iMac Price Hike

It looks like Jessica ordered her iMac just in time.

18 years ago I wrote Ask Netsol

This is too much…