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A two part conversation between Dr. Sarah Dillon and Michael James Lewis about how the palimpsest works as a metaphor for thinking about and understanding contemporary storage of data.

And as we stumble through this mirage with hands out stretched looking for any surface or meaningful question to guide us, there is the persistent current of value. Does any of this matter? Does our privacy have meaning? How should we think about the ownership of information? How do we balance the convenience of modern services; like integrated Google Apps or location based recommendation engines or the predictive recommendations based on Amazon buying behaviour, with maintaining privacy or exercising agency?
Are the traditional notions of privacy still relevant? Where is the responsible line between public and private life? Do our moral, political and social values need to change in the contemporary landscape... and again… does any of this actually matter?