In a message dated 12/14/2006 10:28:28 AM Eastern Standard Time,
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Indeed, what is worth saving is a good question and even more importantly
in my mind is the question, who is qualified to make these sorts of decisions?
The advantage of physical media is that the decision is made randomly, by the
vagaries of nature and circumstance, producing a representative, unbiased
sample of sorts.
It looks as if in the future, the contents of archives will be filtered
through generations of biases and political necessities, with nothing left that
hasn't passed the muster of a succession of committees' senses of value.