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Digital data actually degrades due to bit rot, the deterioration of electronic programs or files after a period of no usage.
And bit rot (a lovely, though all too appropriate, coinage to deal with the digital's always dated qualities) is almost immediate on the World Wide Web, with sites popping up and falling away like flowers in the desert" (xx).
Alarmingly, as more information is digitized, either by migrating physical and print artifacts and resources to online display or, increasingly, by creating it in digital formats rather than print, much of this information may become lost for future generations due to the corrosive phenomenon of bit rot.