“Righting” the Future

by Rewriting It

Keep-It-Local for 2026

Every letter that you enter on a screen requires eight pieces of information to convert your keystroke into the letter, the space or the punctuation mark that you chose. In a typical, personal computer, a period takes no more and no fewer bits of data than any letter does.

Bits form letters. Letters form words. Words form sentences.  Sentences form paragraphs. Paragraphs form pages. Ideally, the combinations of letters and spaces form a communication that someone will value or at least remember.

Everyone assumes that once something is on the Internet, it will be somewhere on the web forever.  Jawnnies are like that in both the real world and in those that are posted on the Internet.

Every thought, every action, every reaction and every move that you make becomes a “bit” of a letter written to the future that will influence or guide it. The bits that you choose determine what “letters” are recorded and each letter influences what the next letter or space will be, and what your “message” will say.

But it gets a little more complicated than that because your “bits” can appear on someone else’s screen and theirs can appear on yours. Sometimes the additions make your message easier to write and sometimes they can make it unintentionally harmful, to you or to other people, and in need of further editing.  It takes 16,000 bits of information to record an average page of text, but a single misplaced bit can change a period, and that can be enough to make a web page unreadable.

Which Jawnnies are written, or not, help determine what goes right and what goes wrong, now and potentially forever, in the lives of their authors and in countless other lives.  Everyone is at least part “alpha” and part “omega” through the chain reactions that their Jawnnies create.  Their impact may be immediate or they may be critical to something that happens a thousand years from now.

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