It’s only when you’re far away that you realize how important the CBC’s web efforts are to keeping you in the loop about what’s happening in Charlottetown, the Island and Canada. I’m left to rely on the disaster that is the The Guardian website to keep up to date.
Which got me to thinking: this lockout is going to result in a sort of “dark ages” in terms of the digital fossil record. Our ancestors (or even ourselves, in a year) will go the CBC website to search for stories about things that are happening now and will find nothing. Worse, when our friends at the CBC are allowed to work again, they will have no audio or video record of news that’s happening now. Which means that, in essence, nothing that is happening now is actually happening at all.
Think what you will of the CBC, they are, among many other things, the Canadian news source of record. When they’re not recording, what happens?