While they may have had a point before cloud-based storage, they've forgotten replicative fading. In other words, if you rely solely on paper copies, you're forced to either keep the original in pristine condition, or eventually start making copies of copies. You can get away with this for a while, but eventually, errors start to creep into the copying processes. After ten generations, the documents start to look old, and after twenty they become illegible. The analog media doesn't last forever. (and you can't even update hard copies either!)
I found myself thinking the same thing watching SNL's 40th anniversary show last night. The three hour salute to the 40 years of SNL brought back as many not-dead stars as possible, reran popular skits, and showed clips from the best-of the show's history. I didn't seen most of the show's history live, but thanks to my parents, VHS, and YouTube, I'm pretty familiar with the classic moments.
It was really cool to see everyone back in one place...but I couldn't help but feel like the memories wouldn't be around much longer. The stars from the show's early days are into their 70's, the video quality has dramatically faded, the jokes don't make sense in a modern context, and a number of the show's founding members have already died. By the time the 50th anniversary rolls around, will this still be possible? Not only that, how much longer until there's no one left who remembers the original episodes? I've seen them, yes, but by the time the next generation is old enough, these will be sixty-five year old clips...about the same as me watching I Love Lucy and not considering it ancient.
As far as reunions go, SNL pulled off an excellent piece of work. Sadly, it's nearing the end of it's replicative ability. The modern version will be around for many more years, but it'll take a lot more work to keep the best of it alive.