In my last post I asked "Which image will last the longest?"
[A] A Kodachrome Slide.
[B] A digital image on a M-Disk.
[C] A sidewalk chalk drawing.
This sounds crazy, but the best answer might be [C].
A farmer had horses for sale. He made a sign on the hillside easily visible to people passing by on a popular route. The farmer spread chalk on the hillside to make a 348 foot long drawing of a horse.
|It might have looked like this.|
The farmer rewarded the villagers with a huge feast, music, dancing, storytelling and free Coors beer.
The horse image lasted a year before it started to fade out again. The farmer held another huge feast and the villagers came again to maintain the horse. It became an annual event.
So. How long did the farmers chalk sign last?
He created the horse drawing during the bronze age, roughly three thousand eight hundred years ago. The horse is still visible today.
If a bronze age farmer can figure out how to maintain an image for nearly four century's, why can't we? No doubt he wasn't a MIT grad.
So, maybe the answer isn't technology.
Maybe we should look at applied social anthropology instead of technology for the answer.
In my next post I'll discuss what anthropology can teach us about preserving our family photos.
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