Thoroughly modern malfeance
"What are you doing? Are you some kind of Nazi?"
"I'm burning out of date books"
"Out of date! Some of those tombs are ancient texts. They're irreplaceable"
"Yeah, but they use outdated syntax which our modern systems no longer support"
"But all that history will be lost forever"
"No it won't, we have re-codified them into modern versions"
"In other words, you're rewriting history"
"No we are re-interpreting them using our advanced knowledge to conform with accepted standards"
"And when new knowledge comes along, that would better understand what has gone before, there will be no before left to better understand. In computing terms you are deleting a source code that cannot properly be rebuilt by decompiling what's in current memory"
"Hold on a minute. What has this got to do with commas and spaces in colour code?"
"You do realise the old colour syntax will eventually be dropped by the dominant browser overlord, and billions of web pages stretching back to the beginning of the internet will get borked for future generations, unless of course our kindly internet overlord reinterprets them for us, with the obvious potential to rewrite history, and perhaps now charge a small fee for what was once freely accessible"
"Why would they do that?"
"Because they can. And there's nothing to be made out of freely available history, until you fence it in and put a turnstile on it. Just you wait, the colour palette is only the start. Bigger and more destructive changes will be on their way, forcing every webpage to be rewritten or become totally inaccessible"
"You know. I never thought of it like that. I'll stop burning these books immediately"
"Not just yet. I see you're clutching Donald Trump's biography, Fuck 'em 'till they're Dead"
"You can throw that on the fire, and then, call it a day"