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What we do in life echoes in eternity

Sorry, this is not an entry dissecting the movie Gladiator, but there is a sort of connection. Every day millions of people write about very personal issues on the public internet. Their dreams, joys and sorrows – all in a splendid mix of human expressions. People have been keeping daily diaries and emotional journals for as long as the discovery of writing, but diaries with a potential audience of five billion readers is a phenomenon that was quite uncommon prior to the advent of the hypertext browsers a decade ago.

The landscape of today is however different from grandma’s old leather-skin diary hidden under the bed. Sites such as Google and Internet Archive cache the old documents and store them for future usage. What kind of usage? Hold that thought, while I go get another cup of coffee.

There. I’m not saying it’s good or bad, it’s just a very big step in integrity evolution. Whether we like it or not, the internet is here to stay and it will outlive all of us.

What you write today in your love mails or the Microsoft rumblings you publish on that billboard could possibly be read a thousand years from now. Even closer at hand, your ramblings three years ago may be located in plain sight for your future boss to review.

This is a gift or a curse, depending on what we choose to do with it.

2 comments

  • avatar
    28 Feb, 2006

    Charlie Stross wrote a ‘rant’ (if it was written today it would have been called ‘a weblog entry’, but this was written before blogs were invented) about why he considered DejaNews to be harmful. It is a viewpoint that is as valid now as it was then. Or even more so. http://www.antipope.org/charlie/rant/dejanews.html

  • avatar
    06 Mar, 2006

    The issue is that most users of today are quite different from those a decade back. The average age of mainstream computer users today is substantially lower and their onlline topics have gone from obscure Unix commands to very personal material.

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