Science Daily brings us “news” of the impending digital dark age, courtesy of Jerome McDonough at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I write this with some sarcasm because the Digital Dark Age is not exactly news; people have been speculating about it for years, probably ever since some guy realized that he needed something off a 5.25-inch floppy drive in 1999.
But this paragraph from the story really caught my eye:
“E-mail is a classic example of that,” he said. “It runs both the modern business world and government. If that information is lost, you’ve lost the archive of what has actually happened in the modern world. We’ve seen a couple of examples of this so far.” (From ‘Digital Dark Age’ May Doom Some Data)
It made me dream up some kind of post-apocalyptic science-fiction-fantasy story, in which people have lost all modern knowledge because it was all recorded on computer files, computer that don’t work after the world-ending event.
It’s just a shade of a story for now; perhaps more will come later.