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The inscriptions on tombstones have provided clues about everyday life but as occurs in history, little is left of the average person, doctor, slave etc (doctors are slaves).
Which brings me to us. I have several website and when I die I would like to think these could be preserved as a record not just of me and my thoughts but about life in this time. But will these innumerable wesbites, FaceBook, and doc2doc be preserved so that in eg five hundred years time, or a few millenia after Mad Max 2, people could read about us as we like to do about Elizabethan England or Grecian Urns etc. But how little we know even about such famous people as Shakespeare? Was he really Will from Stratford-on-Avon?
As fewer and fewer photographs are printed and as more and more stuff ends up in iCloud etc, I wonder if in a few hundred or a thousand years if all our endless chatter will have evaporated into the ether. Sure, the big picture stuff like who was president or queen will always be there but as few of us now keep paper diaries and as software changes so often, I think much will be lost.
I can remember six inch floppy disks and my first Mac which was an amazing 512 K and portable to boot if you did not mind lugging a cube the size and weight of a bowling ball in the bus each morning to work.
Does the BMJ have any plans for archiving this drivel we write each night while England wakes up and I am ready for bed? What of the future or wll there be none as the warming planet melts or Jesus comes back triumphant preceeded by the probably obese, diabetic horsemen of the Apocalypse?