I’ve always been fascinated by how the things I use are changed by use, by time. Ever pull a pair of old favorite shoes out of the closet and wonder how you wore them that last time given the hideous condition they are in? They changed over time, becoming at once more fitted to us and less the pristine object we were allured to. Or the collected newspaper from momentous events, continually distancing itself from today’s as it yellows and curls.
On the other hand, the screen conceptually gives us eternal perfection by default.
I once tried to evoke the age of blog posts by dulling the white background and fading the text. Sure that is pastiche but it is honest to the object’s nature; the thought in text or memory captured in picture or link are distant and less clear until dug up, dusted off, and seen through contemporary eyes. So yeah, I had it go to normal display on hover.
Accidentally, every day, we are creating archival objects that may be dug up by ancestors and computers for a long time to come. If they are perpetually pulled into the new version, the new new theme, a different service, will we be seen as ageless contemporaries? Do our digital objects need some dust or should they be forever young?