This article from The Boston Globe won’t be news to anybody who looks up old friends online or engages in occasional ego-surfing, but it’s an interesting reflection on the implications of Google and other, powerful search engines. Neil Swidey says that
somewhere along the path toward changing our daily lives, Google changed our concept of time as well. It has helped make our past – or oddly refracted shards of it – present and permanent. That’s a radical notion for a medium usually defined by its ability to constantly update itself.
Apologies if this story is making the rounds. I just noticed that it’s listed on Arts & Letters Daily.