The written word, and its life span

One of the earliest known signs of writing, from the Sumerian culture around 3100–2900ish B.C.

One of the earliest known signs of writing, from the Sumerian culture around 3100–2900ish B.C.

If you look at a photograph from a hundred years ago it could easily stop you in your tracks. The content, and the context, of that specific photo might stir up some emotions. It might be a piece of clothing from a different era, maybe you start to analyze how the photo was taken based on the approximate date. Whatever it is, it’s still intriguing after all these years, which brings us to the conclusion that an image has a long life span.

The problem these days though is that it’s all bites and pixels. Same thing with text. it’s all ones and zeros. How will they be viewed in a future far from now? How will they be remembered? Will a hand-written word have a longer life span than a digital one?

If we want our words, our thoughts, to be remembered in a distant future — say a hundred, or even a thousand years from now — what is the best way to go about saving them?