A bit late, but after reading David's story and many reactions it provoked I'd like to contribute to the Goodbye thread with my recent experiences. Three cases.
A weeks ago, I planned to show the Web Stalker to my students, but the program didn't start. I was bit embarrassed that I can't show an important example of early net art, but was very happy to realize that Director is dead. I found a lot of beautiful stills online and in the books of Rachel Green, Christiane Paul and Tilman Baumgartel. My own old projects (html, java scripts, gifs) still function perfectly, but when i need to mention them, I prefer to show the screen shots. Especially good are the ones in Tilman Baumgartel's Net.Art because the book is old and screen shots were made in old browsers, the actual environment of the works are visible. I should say that those reproductions are of more authenticity that the fully functioning originals. The internet is too fast now, browser doesn't fit, users don't leave feed back. (more thoughts are in my interview to Neural http://art.teleportacia.org/observation/victims_broadband.png) In 1998 Heath Bunting launched _readme.html http://www.irational.org/_readme.html In the end of the 90s it looked like an elegant peace of hypertext that made reference to formation of online publications linking logic, and web notions of being owned and remain invisible. The subtitle of the work is "own, to be owned or remain invisible". Today the work looks like an outdated hypertext joke. But, by connecting every word of the article to the same word but with .com Bunting made a tool that I use already for ten years to see how words on the web change their meaning and owners. And the way WWW grows stagnate and is reshaped. In 1998 many words were still not registered as domain names, in 2000 each of them was, in 2001 many were free again, in 2003 they found new owners. From 2004 only rare free verbs and adverbs from this page are not subjects of domain auctions. I show this old fashioned piece to the first semester students and they do find it outdated -- until I tell them about my experience. So how to preserve it? What would one have to archive to be able to understand and enjoy it? In my opinion: the paragraph above and a good screen shot. forever yours olia # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: http://mail.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: [EMAIL PROTECTED]