Time = Influence?

March 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

For my first posting I thought I would focus upon John Naughton’s Article on the kindle (found here http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jul/26/amazon-kindle-book-deletions) and how they rather ironically, deleted 1984 from their customers e- readers.

Saying this after I read through the article I found the most thought provoking lines to be an extract from George Orwells 1984 –

It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or        within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away.

It got me thinking. In Orwells dystopian 1984 world, even the simplest and most basic form of publishing, that is your facial expressions being ‘made public’, was policed.  This in turn sparked another train of thought; the fact that as a very general rule the time and effort that goes into publishing  correlates with how long the publishing remains in the public sphere and how highly it is regarded. This of course is not absolute – a terrible book that took a year to publish in the 1800’s is still a terrible book while a photo taken on a mobile phone with no preparation and instantly uploaded to twitter can alter history profoundly. However this train of thought is more regarding the publishing of text. A prime example of this is the Rosetta Stone. The Rosetta Stone provided the key for the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphics. An interesting question is what if the text upon the Rosetta Stone was written on papyrus? Of course we would have a different understanding of ancient Egypt today. This is all of course open speculation and does not come to an absolute conclusion. However it is interesting to note the correlation between the effort put into publishing and how long it stays in the public sphere as well as the effect it has on society. Maybe to better illustrate my train of thought ask yourself if you can remember  a tweet from a year ago? 6 months? Last week?

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