One Million Fairly Similar Words For Snow

Experts are claiming that this weekend’s snow event is already the best-documented since records began, with almost half a million tweets, fifty thousand blog posts and over a million photographs already available on the internet, not to mention innumerable Facebook updates.

A future historian of everyday life, writing from the year 2112, will have this to say –

“It’s quite hopeless, from my point of view.  As with every aspect of everyday life since the invention of social media, there is simply too much evidence and I don’t know where to start.  In future I’m going back to the seventeenth century, where every scrap of evidence is invaluable.”

And here’s my contribution to the white noise and light … this lunar, deep-sea object is a poppy in the backyard, Saturday night –    

              

(Stop it! You’re making it worse! – A Future Historian)

2 thoughts on “One Million Fairly Similar Words For Snow

  1. I’ve often thought about this. When there is so much information, which bits will be singled out as important? Did you see that episode of Dr Who in which Earth is about to die and everyone is on a space platform watching it happen? They have all this stuff from the late 20th century and they’ve got all the details wrong including lauding Soft Cell and ‘Tainted Love’ as one of the most important pieces of music the Earth every produced.

  2. I missed the Dr. Who, but I know exactly what you mean and I think it has endless ramifications. In our library, for instance, we have a lot of polemical pamphlets from the 17th century (by people like Prynne), which we lovingly catalogue and preserve, but they are uncannily similar to the kind of stuff you read on a particular kind of ranting blog, and no-one makes a deliberate effort to preserve them or write blogliographies (or whatever the word would be) of them.

    We don’t really preserve these pamphlets because they’re particularly good pieces of writing (a lot of them are just nutty or obsessively worrying away at tiny doctrinal or political differences) but because they’re scarce and old and worth money and because they’re invaluable source material for historians. How a future historian would go about making similar use of blogs (finding them, deciding which were significant) I don’t know. I could go on about this for hours …

    Don’t know whether I should mention this, but when I looked at your site recently our security software went haywire – is the coast clear now? I wouldn’t want you to think I’d lost interest in yr. blog.

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