I have strange fascination with preserving information for posterity. I often think about finding lost silent films and what may be on the Herculaneum Papyri and such. That got me to thinking, will films, TV, music and such from the 20th and 21st centuries be completely lost in 500 years time? Hard drives and optical discs will rot, film stock will disintegrate, videotape will eventually lose its magnetization. Music will do better than movies because vinyl records literally have the information physically etched onto it, but I’m not sure movies can be infinitely preserved. Preserving and digitizing may be fruitless if the digital formats themselves aren’t infallible.