How long will it last?

Wall art #2
Wall art #2

Here is another wall mural that I came across in the near downtown area of Lafayette. The artist has made an interesting comment that made me think about the transience of modes of communication in today’s society. No, I’m not making a statement on the relative worth of different forms of communication.


In a semi-related topic, on CBS Sunday Morning today, there was a segment on what happens to our on-line presence when we die. I will admit that I have given some thought to that topic in the past year or so. I’ve come to no conclusions as to what I would like to happen to all of the photographs I have on Flickr, or to all of the words and pictures I have on WordPress. There are still remnants, I’m sure, from my days on Facebook, and I still have an active, if seldom used, Twitter account. Do I really care what happens to all of that when I’m dead and gone (is dead and gone that a redundant phrase?).

I wonder if people will be reading blogs in ten years. Will there be enough people around who have the patience to read a thought that is more than 140 characters in length? The pessimist in me says. “no”, but the optimist in me says “of course”. I’m pretty sure that people will still look at murals.


 A quote about communication

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
– George Bernard Shaw

4 thoughts on “How long will it last?

  1. This made me think of Moore’s Law — the one that says that computer memory performance will double every 18 months.

    It will be easier and easier, cheaper and cheaper, to just save all of our tweets and posts and status updates – and have it easily readable.

    Our thoughts and our images will live on after us, in the growing memory of a collective brain that won’t die (unless a meteor wipes out the planet and the grid) We are all contributing thoughts to this huge brain. In a way, we could be immortal.

    1. That is certainly a possibility. I wonder though, how many people will be inclined to read. Perhaps the information could be beamed into our brains. That would make reading unnecessary. I also worry about the amount of misinformation that is already on the web and in the clouds.

  2. You should watch a show called Black Mirror. It’s a show from the UK. One of them talks about what happens with your information when you die and what our future in technology could look like. It scared me to bits. It’s called “Be right back”. They are stand alone episodes so you could watch this without needing to watch the rest of the season.

    1. It seems unlikely that I’ll be able to see that show in the near future. I can’t find it on U.S. TV and the only DVDs are not available in a format compatible with U.S. DVD players.

      I checked it out on Wikipedia, the font of all contemporary knowledge, and it sounds interesting. Who wouldn’t be drawn to a series described as “Sci-fi, drama, satire, anthology”?

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