The Proof Is In The Picture

Images. We all know they are more powerful than words. What we may not know is why. Imagine a time in the not so distant future in which all those lovely word documents are not accessible, our Excel budgets are left to broken formulas, and billions of tweets unreadable. Vint Cerf, one of the original “fathers of the internet” warns us this could be in the not so distant future. His discussion states that with all of our media in their current formats, those formats may not be supported sooner rather than later. We all know that .doc file that just won’t open, so what if that happened on a large scale? With all of our current day discussions on more data is better, there are countless times that we push for data before preserving how to read the past. Think of the images that have survived time.

A section of the Papyrus of Ani showing cursive hieroglyphs. Photo from Wikipedia

Should we be looking to switch back to hieroglyphics? Are we already progressing that way with the Emoji age? Think quickly to our evolution of social media … MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat — all progressively MORE geared towards images than the last. The more imagery we can use, the better we may survive the “digital dark ages” and our stories may live on longer, even if it is on a sheet of papyrus.

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One Response to The Proof Is In The Picture

  1. sydhavely says:

    I saw this. Very interesting. What’s next after the Internet? Great post, Seth.

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