Dan Cohen: The Significance of the Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress

Dan Cohen: The Significance of the Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress. “Most of what is archived is indeed done so on a very selective basis, assessed for historical significance at the time of preservation. Until the rise of digital documents and communications, the idea of ‘saving it all’ seemed ridiculous, and even now it seems like a poor strategy given limited resources. Archives have always had to make tough choices about what to preserve and what to discard. However, it is also true that we cannot always anticipate what future historians will want to see and read from our era. Much of what is now studied from the past are materials that somehow, fortunately, escaped the trash bin.”