dangers of digitalization Aug 9, 2007
This fascinatingly detailed study of the failure of some of our most trusted archives to preserve significant historical documents, newspapers, is worth reading for anyone who believes that knowledge of the past informs the present and future. The writer explores the personalities , politics, and funding behind some of the decisions to destroy old books and periodical literature while presenting a manufactured "crisis" requiring that this be done in order to "preserve" them. He carefully explains the processes and the unsatisfactory results - i.e digitized records are dependent on changing technologies and are more unstable than the somewhat fragile paper originals they are intended to replace.
The book is short and readable, makes no pretense to be anything other than opinionated, but backs up opinions with research, interviews, and facts.