4 thoughts on “Beatles 3000

  1. This is how much (none at all), check out a description of the 4chan phenomenon: “Herwig is earning a Ph.D. in Media Studies in Vienna, with an emphasis on cyber cultures. She views participation in Anonymous as a ritualized test of courage on the road to adulthood.”

    This sounds like all the explanations for various habits of ancient or remote peoples. And it’s completely wrong.

  2. If you’ve ever read source materials in the history of musical performance practice and then read and listened to the results of modern scholarship, this video will feel familiar. Recordings from the late-19th Century sound more foreign to modern ears than do “historically-informed” performances.

  3. Is it really the case that the only way the people who make these things can think to make them interesting is to assume that the volume of written material produced circa 2000 is less than the amount produced circa 1000?

    We have letters from Roman soldiers stationed in Britain asking for socks from home. Don’t try to tell me that records never survive.

  4. So Chris, what were the mothers’ replies?

    Of course records survive. It’s just that not all of them do – the unimportant ones get tossed out and the important ones get rewritten. The records that actually do survive in original form do so because either they get treated as inviolate or because they get lost in an airtight, inhospitable, unimportant places. The important records, by virtue of being important, are referenced, summarized, interpreted, translated and generally eroded continuously until all that remains is proof of existence and a general topic area.

    The Beatles 3000 video was full of speculation about which records might survive. Long-term recordkeeping remains an unsolved problem, and the source of a great deal of consternation for archivists.

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