Artifacts and the permanence of history | 物理的东西和历史

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When the US raised its debt ceiling and got its rating reduced from AAA by one of the ratings agencies I thought about screen-shooting the news on the web to signify the decline of the western world, but it seemed to be more powerful taking a picture of the stake of print newspapers that come into the office every morning.
It's all going to hell in a hand basket
I guess that this plays to the consumer perceptual dichotomy around digital; on the one hand things you don’t want to have a long life seem to hang around online, whilst those things that you do want (like a typed document) can undergo the digital equivalent of spontaneous combustion.
It's all going to hell in a hand basket
In the end I couldn’t find anything useful to say on the whole debacle so the pictures stand as my only contribution on the matter.