That trunk would be a Gmail account; its contents would be zapped into nothing.
When you store all the ephemera and all the hard work you've done in your life in an electronic machine you've never seen, you don't just risk exposing your whole life to prying eyes. You risk losing all those records, thoughts, and pictures that make up your whole life. You risk losing a legacy that will live beyond you into your children's generation. And in some ways, that is a fate worse than death. *
Annalee Newitz is a surly media nerd who would rather store her whole life on five-inch floppy disks.
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