Memories of the written word

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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There is a certain irony in the fact that I became aware of the Unesco Memory of the World Programme whilst researching the most ancient artefacts. Wikipedia says that the initiative was launched to ‘safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and wilful and deliberate destruction.’

The quote from Dato’ Habibah Zon, Director-General of the National Archives of Malaysia, highlights how much of our heritage and history we owe to the written word and symbol that have come down to us over the centuries.

Global literacy is probably higher today than at any other time. Access to technology increases daily and the ease of use allows us to tap our words directly onto a screen without ever producing a hard copy.

Our words are released in various electronic forms. Much of what we write we will delete to ‘save space’…

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