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To: Jeffrey S. Mitchell who wrote (1238)3/14/2019 8:52:31 PM
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"every single message ever written here is still here, for anyone to see at any time"

My own experience is that "the internet" is very significantly editable. I think future historians sifting through the mass of data will have some real issues with source quality... and not only because "you had to be there at the time" to comprehend the exchanges in context. Of course, most of the data isn't likely to be of interest anyway... but, the things that are will also be far more likely to be subject to exercises in influence. Relevance and reliability are likely to be inversely related. I don't see the internet becoming a "permanent record" in that way. Probably only in ways you won't appreciate.

SI has proven far better than most, in my experience, but the primary protection of the history that I see is only in the mass of the data, it mostly being far too large for people to bother with. Then, the passions of the day that drove the flame wars we joined are very unlikely to prove timeless, or even interesting, in the afterglow in others eyes.
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