Feather quill, ink and paper, PRICELESS and almost timeless
The power of the printed word used to mean that the content of what was written could be very powerful. So the word printed and written could be used interchangeably. That power has not really diminished but the power of ink on paper (print) is being impressed on me every day I work with these three computers I have in front of me. (now two)
My oldest laptop was going to be retired this week since it was starting to freeze and had pixels going black in the shape of two pine trees. Occasionally I would forget and wonder "what is wrong with that picture". Besides being somewhat annoying, it was announcing its upcoming failure.
So.... I got a new computer (Windows 8.1 $%^&*) and transferred everything from the newer computer to the newest one so the other computer could become my back-up and allow me to retire the oldest. I JUST finished transferring the bulk of my stuff this morning when poof, the new back-up died. No warning signs, no noises, just poof.
So... I am typing this on my old back-up that has now become my current back-up and could follow the other one at any time. ANYWAY, the point of my rant is that records printed on paper do not suddenly fail. They last HUNDREDS of years and it does not matter if I have electricity, or the right "operating system" or right reading device or right software or anything!
I just pick it up and read it.