We digital archivists warn about the risk of losing data with the assumption that the threat of loss is enough to stir people to action. But while most everyone has their own experience with data loss, people have a way of tucking past pain away rather than remaining hyper-vigilant about something similar happening again. Or maybe we console ourselves with the thought that was we might lose isn’t really all that important.
Periodically, it’s worth devoting full awareness to how much our digital files actually do mean to us. I trolled through Flickr to find some poignant expressions of people desperately seeking lost data.