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Ephemereal and Real-time Content

Last updated February 26, 2022

One of the things that keeps face-to-face friendships strong is the nature of shared experience: you laugh together; you dance together; you gape at the hot-dog eaters on Coney Island together.

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Opposite of digital permanence

# Raider’s of the Lost Web

It is really tempting to cover for mistakes by pretending they never happened. “In Supreme Court opinions, every word matters … When they’re changing the wording of opinions, they’re basically rewriting the law.”

“It’s gone gone. A piece of paper can burn and you can still kind of get something from it. With a hard drive or a URL, when it’s gone, there is just zero recourse.”

The promise of the web is that Alexandria’s library might be resurrected for the modern world. But today’s great library is being destroyed even as it is being built. Until you lose something big on the Internet, something truly valuable, this paradox can be difficult to understand.

“Ephemerality is built into the very architecture of the web, which was intended to be a messaging system, not a library.” (maybe we need more friction?)

Modern content is sometimes actually assembled on the fly through the likes of Ruby, Django, Next.js, etc. Not actual ‘flat’/self-enclosed pages The data may exist but not the in the format it was originally delivered in

Related: Mangrove Theory of the Internet and slowness, Dark Forest Theory of the Internet