AlterNet: Myth of the Universal Digital Library
AlterNet: Myth of the Universal Digital Library:
Sorry, but we can’t digitize everything. Here’s why …
A lot of Web geeks believe that one day everything ever created by humans will be available online. Call it the myth of the universal library. Here’s how the myth goes: Because there is unlimited real estate in cyberspace and because media can be digitized, we can fill cyberspace with all human knowledge and give everyone access to it. Without further ado, I present to you three arguments for eliminating the myth of the universal library.
It is true, we can’t… do it… but then… that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to do something.