Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The case for a funded digital archive

One of my concerns about the social media and digital age is that how will historians looking back at the start of the 21st century get any idea of what our society is like.

From our tweets-will they be continuously archived,from our pictures? well we don't print them anymore or from the dead tree press?

Unlikely so maybe the equivalent of a Dr David Starkey in 2111 will look back 100 years and see a nation obsessed with X-factor the apprentice and Australian jungles?

Should be therefore be putting some resource into making sure that our history is interpreted and recorded accurately?

According to Simon Kelner

What is needed, I think, is a form of global social networking monitor, which preserves for posterity some of the most relevant comments made as history unfolds

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