History as It Happens

In The Daily Writer today, Fred White talks about writing to preserve history.  He talks about the importance of being true to historical events.  He goes so far as to say we have a moral obligation to record history and that it is a betrayal to the resulting human experience not to.  I wonder how any historical events get accurately preserved.  I am continually amazed at how people living in the same community, let alone the same state or country can have polar opposite perspectives on life. 

American politics, in general, seem so polarized right now; it’s hard to keep up hope.  It seems as a country, we are stuck in a sort of bi-partisan stalemate on every issue across the board.  I blame the media including the World Wide Web for perpetuating untruths and dividing our nation.  The news networks have given up on pure journalism and constantly report events out of context.  My email box is hit daily with forwarded messages about how over 50% of America is dumb enough to vote a terrorist President and how one party or another is openly planning a conspiracy against the other. 

Still, I do have hope.  I see groups popping up on the internet about finding facts instead of picking sides.  I hear folks asking questions instead of just regurgitating what they’ve heard elsewhere.  What will it be like in a hundred years when a historian looks back to sift through all the data we’ve spouted out there?  How will he ever be able to make sense of it all?

Save Everything. Really?

Today, Fred discussed archiving.  He suggests saving all drafts and protecting hard copies with plastic protector sheets and backing up all digital work.  Well, I think I’ve got that covered minus the plastic sheets.  I tend to get caught up in the filing and archiving to the point that it becomes a distraction from actually writing anything new.

I have this twisted little attraction to all things Office Depot.  I love looking through the catalog and really get excited when a brown shipping box with those big red letters on the side arrives at my door.  It may only contain cheap mechanical pencils and manilla file folders but I love them.  So, yes Fred, I’ve got the archiving covered.  Now where did I put my pencil?