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Preserving information: links between digital and oral culture

Agrippa reminds us that preservation is ultimately a social domain. (Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms 218)

I was immediately reminded of the nature of oral culture by the notion of "preservation ... (as) a social domain." I never really gave it much consideration, but I think that digital culture reflects oral culture in that way more than manuscript or print culture; preservation is incredibly important both on and off the Internet, since the digital storage and retrieval of information is such a vital technological ability.



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