As once prosperous institutions slip into the void of memory, it becomes difficult to learn things about them. The people who were responsible for moving these institutions forward have long since moved on to other things or are no longer with us. This shift makes it so the only information that’s left is what has been recorded.
We live in a time where we take information for granted. We look at all the information we have at our fingertips and think that we know everything. The reality is that the internet has not been around for as long as we think.
The lifespan of the internet stretches back 20 years. If you consider when it became widely available and used, you’re looking at a much shorter timeframe. The era of massive amounts of information being catalogued for each event likely started 10 years ago. Before then, there were websites, but they weren’t as plentiful or as frequently updated as they are now.
Consider events that happened before the modern era of the internet. Unless they were earth shattering, there’s little to no information about them. The news media probably covered them a little bit, but the archives that contain that information are hidden behind monthly membership walls. This leaves the rest of us to bat around the same overused set of facts that have been around forever.
What happened to curiosity? Where are the people who piece together bits of a story and are left dissatisfied with the results? I’m a tremendously curious person. I like trying new things and learning about everything. I especially like getting more information about stories that haven’t been told in their entirety. I get upset when I try to get the full story and am left with scraps.
Writing a book takes too long. I could spend excessive amounts of time writing and researching a topic and then even longer trying to sell the finished product. Expending that effort seems like a exercise in futility.
Writing on the internet doesn’t have to be lousy. I’m baffled as to why people continuously marginalize all forms of writing. Perhaps it’s all an exercise in suppressing the truth. Either way content creators need to resist and continue to tell the stories they feel like telling. Otherwise there will be gaps in the narrative whenever the medium that replaces the internet comes into existence.