29. Evidence of Use


Something I’m constantly wrestling with in the arena of digital media is its lack of evidence that a digital artifact has been “touched,” outside of information like “last modified date” and the like. There’s no way of showing visually that something has been used—a ten-year-old file icon looks exactly the same as it did when it was created. A digital photo looks as pristine as the day it was taken. After all, isn’t that what makes digital images so great—the fact that they don’t degrade with time unless they get turned into “analog” prints? Of course the answer is, “Yes.” But is anyone asking the question, What are we losing ...

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