First there were cassettes (that’s how far back my computer memories go), then there were floppies (of increasingly smaller sizes). Zip drives followed, then Jazz drives. CDs, then CDRs, then DVDs and DVDRs. Flash drives got bigger, and then the cloud came along. Now we store so much elsewhere, without copies in hand, digital or otherwise. Computers don’t even come with drives to access any of the old storage media anymore, though I keep an external drive in a drawer somewhere, just in case, but how much longer will it even be recognized?
I sometimes wonder what would happen if the power, everywhere, just went….off.
How much information would we lose collectively?
How much information do we have that is not stored on paper somewhere?
It’s bit frightening to think about, isn’t it?