There's something to be said

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(There’s something to be said for writing an online text to organize a physical archive — for escaping the messy, material world and still attempting to control it.)

(One thing that could be said ((a commonplace)) is that the digital survives better than the physical. Yet the digital is vulnerable in its own way, its "materials" as durable as the platforms that support them. Indeed, the rapid outmoding of computer technology is so at odds with our faith in data storage that passage — not preservation — may be the true nature of the digital condition.)

(Nobody can say how long this text will last. Its persistence is very much in question. And so, lacking guarantees, it embraces instability. It wants not to become an archival thing, but to revel in perpetual process.)


(以網上文本的書寫,來組織實體文獻庫的好處是,逃避紛亂的物質世界,同時試圖加以控制。)

(((普遍的理解))是,數碼資訊比物理保存得更長久。可是,數碼也有它脆弱的一面,因為數碼「材料」的耐用性,很視乎支撐着它們的技術平台。事實上,電腦技術不斷淘汰自己,日新又新,與我們對數據儲存庫可以「保存」物事的信念非常不同。也許,經過,才是數碼世界的真正秩序。)

(沒有人能說準這些文字可以保存多久。它有多堅毅,也無從可知。可是,正正因為說不準,它可以大膽地開放地迎接變數。它,不甘成為一個文獻檔案,而是沉緬於這個永恆輪迴的重讀過程中。)