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July 28, 2013

DAVIS: What will future generations think?

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Niagara Gazette — Here we are in the mid-summer news lull. A time when hard hitting news, intense political debate and major sports that aren’t non-playoffs baseball take a recess. Things are about to get boring. But as you read this, realize that eventually it will appear on the internet, where Google and the Smithsonian will cache it and back it up to super storage that will last until aliens, or a super advanced human civilization that comes back to earth for an archeological mission, find it. That’s right, there’s a chance that everything on the internet, or transmitted over the airwaves will be read and heard in space.

In 2012 archeologists found the world’s oldest ‘Yo, Momma’ joke inscribed on a 3,500 year old Babylonian tablet, it was huge news. Imagine people 3,500 years from now uncovering an ancient cell phone with the oldest “where you at?” text message or a news clipping about Dennis Rodman attending a Mercedes-Benz fashion show in Miami (July 25, 2013). Any news is big news if it takes long enough to be heard. 

It’s when times are the slowest that we can stop and appreciate something as simple as wireless internet —  but cherish these quiet times, in a thousand years they might be the biggest news in the archeological world.

Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. He can be contacted at vincedavis06@gmail.com.

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