The age of cheap information threatens to drown us in complacency. Knowledge will always outweigh information.
If Brazil's treasures burning teach this era anything, it should be to renew a dedication to the cultivation of knowledge in pursuit of wisdom.

Wikipedia and Google delude many into thinking all human knowledge has been made available to our immediate access.
This is a dangerous lie.
Any scholar will tell you of the vast amount of documents and artifacts completely unavailble online, or indeed impossible to easily scan or study online.
And this silent wealth pales before the oral and analog culture which, in a McLuhanian dimension, can not be simply digitized and maintain integrity.

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@Shufei I agree and add that maybe it is even more dangerous to think that the available digital information is sufficiently accessible.
That is, with hyperlinked entities and sources and interoperable datasets.


That's a hugely important caveat, thank you.
Database access is insanely restricted. Being poor and outside academia restricts us to lowbrow digest version of periodicals, for instance.
And there are enormous language barriers... Infotech price points... Backwards compatibility horizons... It goes on and on.
So myopic.

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