Persistent paleontology is a way of describing the system of All electronically mediated subjects act in ways that are increasingly paleontological. Facebook is a system with layers of geological history. The E-mail inbox is a rapidly expanding site of excavation which one must continually query. The newness of everything buries one's ability to reach it without digging.
"Those who interact with a number is a persistent paleontologist. Everyone is now a paleontologist, always going out to E-mail, searching, digging up what one needs at the moment, and finding what got buried before."