On Public Archives

Whatever is said in public, ought to be archived in public.

I don’t mean the option for each of us to get our tweets, posts, photos out of the silos to which we handed them. I mean publically searchable archives, the prerequisite of cultural memory.

Of course that’s not happening anytime soon. (The fact that Twitter is archived at the Library of Congress is only a painful reminder of what’s actually missing. Or has that deal also been cancelled? I wouldn’t be surprised.)

It is something that should be mandated by government. Not happening anytime soon either, of course.

The question is, what would need to happen to our society for this to be established? Will we have a lost century, or only a few lost decades?

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