As any medieval historian will tell you, the “Dark Ages” refer to a lack of contemporary written sources about the period, rather than a technological dearth. Now data specialists are beginning to worry that when historians look back at the 21st century, they’ll see something similar.
Children’s TV show Blue Peter is British institution, having been broadcast, uninterrupted since 1958. It’s safe to say it has delighted generations of children and has, for better or worse, reflected its times. Yet, their good faith efforts in the realm of the time capsule tell us a lot about the perils of trying to preserve things for posterity.