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Here’s a man who owns millions of records.

This is a very nicely shot mini-documentary which brings up a good point: Where does all that music go in the end? What if it’s lost to future generations? A majority of music is crap and probably not worth the vinyl or plastic or wax or metal it’s delivered on. But do we only save the popular stuff? How many gems or masterpieces have been lost to time because they were never very popular?

This little movie brought up another question I’ve had for a long time now: What happens when civilization collapses and we lose all our technology? How do we re-discover who we were? A record is a perfect storage medium for sound. With a minimum of knowledge, you can look carefully at an album and figure out how it works. The same is true for film. You can just look at film and see what’s going on. But a CD or DVD? A digital file? Magnetic disk drives? Once the technology is lost, once the algorithms and codecs are lost, how does anyone reconstruct those treasures? My guess is they don’t.

In the event of a major crisis, a dark age following this technological one, our digital world will be lost forever. Analog at least has some chance of survival and rediscovery.


Robb Expounded Thusly:

That’s so sad!

Has anyone called Paul Allen? This seems like something he would be interested in.

And nice documentary (does this guy live in Pittsburgh, his accent seems to say so). Look at that glorious HD footage! HD!

Friday, August 22nd, 2008 • 10:59am • Permalink

Robb Expounded Thusly:


I was right! Pittsburgh.

Friday, August 22nd, 2008 • 11:01am • Permalink

Steve Expounded Thusly:

Is Paul Allen from Pittsburgh? That would be a match made in heaven. The world has been a sadder place without him in the center square.

Monday, August 25th, 2008 • 9:06am • Permalink


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