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The Etch-a-Sketch and the Stone Tablet

Inscription in stone on Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.

Cable news is obsessed this week over inscription technologies. At issue is whether the political positions taken in primary elections are as erasable as the magnetic writing on an “Etch-a-Sketch,” as the Republican front-runner’s campaign manager imprudently suggested, or¬†written “in stone” as the Republican challenger describes his own unchanging pronouncements.

Politicians would do well to remember that we live in the age of digital media which has disruptive inscription affordances — combining persistent memory with ease of participation by multiple voices of authority.

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