Digital vs Real….

I wonder which will prove to be more durable: the faded photos stuffed in boxes in the attic or the digital ephemera stored in “locations” that are really only collections of bytes somewhere in cyberspace….

My parents have a few old faded photos of their parents and even grandparents hidden away somewhere. They have a more of a collection documenting the childhood of me and my brothers. Sweetous and I have quite a pile of photos from our younger days and of Piglette and LB from early childhood thru high school. All of these artifacts are subject to deterioration and destruction from fire, wind, insurrections and so on.

Starting in the early 90’s we have accumulated quite a collection of digital images and documents. Many of these exist only in digital form. Recently, with the arrival of Baby Mike, we have accumulated even more digital documentation of our life and times. All of these are contained in blogs, mySpace and other “places” on the web.

I wonder which will prove to be more durable: the faded photos stuffed in boxes in the attic or the digital ephemera stored in “locations” that are really only collections of bytes somewhere in cyberspace….