BoSacks: Media Intelligence: The New Non-Obsolescence of the Written Word
I believe that with the advent of cloud computing, we have eliminated the potential permanent loss of the written word. No longer do we need to physically hunt for a thoughtful artifact buried in some monastery or in some library, when a text rendition can be found in minutes on the Internet.
Equally important, we are no longer beholden to physical technologies of handwritten manuscripts or floppy disks to recover lost words. We have been released from the need of antiquated physical instrumentality in regards to saving our communications. Once we luxuriated in floppy disks as a high tech storage medium and then quickly moved on to 3-1/2 inch diskettes, both of which no one owns anymore. Then, of course, we moved to CDs, which we still have, but rarely use, as we clearly don't need them. All the data (words) on those old products were stored in ASCII formats, which are readable if only we still had the working devices to do so. But most of us no longer have in our possession the technologies of the very recent past to get at those words. The advent of cloud storage solves that reading (data) problem. The cloud as a storage device can't become obsolete, so all words stored there are readable forever.
The drive of Poggio Bracciolini to seek the old knowledge of the ancients is no longer a hard fought and physically daunting task. Knowledge seekers just need a ubiquitous connection to the Internet and the cloud to receive not only the knowledge of the ancients but the wisdom of moderns as well.
We need to remember that literally all technology is permanently transitional: from the spear to the rifle; the horse and cart to the SUV; Papyrus to parchment to paper; and the telegraph to the Internet. They are all transitional technologies, and that transition has never stopped, nor should it. These improvements are all part of our on-going adaptability as humans to grow, prosper and change the conditions of the environments that we find ourselves inhabiting.