"Steven C. Barr(x)" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: ***Further, at least IMO, the reason for preserving intellectual property, including things like newspapers, magazines, sound recordings, still and moving images, usw. is so our posterity (assuming we have such a thing) will have the necessary information to understand and/or comprehend our times.
I believe that the reason we have such little support for preservation is that society does not value history. What is the value of history? I just typed that in at google. Most of what I read suggests that the documentation of history satisfies curiosity.
One other reference I encountered came from a 1934 speech to the Kansas Historical Society, "The point I wish to emphasize is that our history is in the making; it is not a dead thing to be pulled out and praised or deplored; and our Historical Society, therefore, is not merely a custodian of the past, but is the recorder of the present, and so is as vital and essential to Kansas as any department of the state."
I also found the statement "Public appropriations for historical societies have been reduced everywhere." I thought to myself, so what else is new...
So what is the value of our recorded history. How does one place its worth within a context of what is valued by our current society?