Friday, February 11, 2005

Before you file it on the shelf

The things you find with Google: I was looking up the Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov, in the process of writing some comments about his documentary Anna 6-18 for Russia in Transition, and came across this page. In a way, it's comforting to know that an entertainment giant like Sony archives old pages (that's ten years old, now, which is practically from the neolithic era in web terms) forever; I'm guessing they may have severed internal links to the now-amateurish-looking content of this page, concerning their distribution of Mikhalkov's Burnt by the Sun, but it's still there. More importantly, Google still sees it. In another, it's not. A page like that is likely to be scrapped if and when it's noticed by Sony Picture Classics' web design department, rather than being updated to conform to newer standards or a common look and feel with the rest of the site's content. I'd be willing to bet that it'll be gone forever, except in the memory of Archive.org's Wayback Machine, within another year or two. When that happens, that precise information - just some PR clippings in this case, perhaps, but it's still information - will be lost. All history is on the macro-level. Sometimes it just seems micro.

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