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Poster: Alison OK Date: Apr 24, 2019 2:57pm
Forum: news Subject: The Irish Times: Archiving the Net: ‘Preserving the web isn’t impossible’

Our experience of modern history is informed as much from news reels, magazines and personal journals as it is by the physical artefacts we see in museums.

Imagine our understanding of the second World War without footage of Adolf Hitler delivering spittle-flecked speeches to large crowds in Nazi Germany, posters from the British Government urging the public to “make do and mend”, or Anne Frank’s diary?

How will historians of the distant future make sense of Ireland’s vote to repeal the 8th amendment, Brexit, or Trump’s America? They will wade into tweets, slog through YouTube and trudge through news websites. These digital expressions are a window into how we live.

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