This chapter explains the occasion for the book, the threatened obsolescence of key works from the first modern generation (or “Golden Age”) of digital writing. The authors attempted to preserve not just the material form of the works, but the experience of their operation or performance, recording encounters with the works on vintage equipment. Traversals represents a second stage in this process, reflecting both on insights gained in the preservation effort, but on the interventions themselves and the cultural meaning of obsolescence.
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