The 'Expression Era' and our long history of content, container, and context
[This is the first in a series of articles intended to identify key watershed moments in the history of content and container. Our intent is to frame the current moment in this story so that we may better understand the unique and not-so-unique promise of the binary revolution.]
Books, roasting pans, websites, bottle caps: all these are artifacts. They are devised and built by humans; they are physical manifestations of our thoughts, our ‘things’. Our civilization’s vast index of things did not appear sui generi. Rather, our present artifact collection is part of a much larger, older cloud of artifacts – a mist of achievement that has been seeping from our kind and surrounding us all since before humans were human.