Back before the Internet? Sure, maybe you were drunk, and maybe you didn’t even know your friends were taking pictures.
Well, if you did it now, the Internet might be your worst enemy — because, if the thing you did was ever posted online and connected to your name, it would pop up every time your name got searched on Google by friends and potential employers. And while things do vanish off the Internet — things like political promises and campaign details — it’s also a remarkable system for holding information.
In fact, the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library, holds onto as much as it can on a searchable archive known as the Wayback Machine. (An interesting aside is that the Internet Archive is apparently looking at moving a copy of its records to Canada, unnerved by threats of Internet restrictions being promised by United States president-elect Donald Trump.)
But the archive leads me to a story that’s active in Canadian courts right now, a story about a guy I’ll call “Dave.”