Then Libraries Came for the Memes

Kristen Twardowski

I recently mentioned the prolonged work in progress that is the US Library of Congress’s Twitter archive, but while we wait for it, other digital archives have finally come to fruition. In an effort to preserve the aesthetic and language developments that have defined the past decades, the Library of Congress has created the Webcomics Web Archive and the Web Cultures Web Archive.

LOC_Main_Reading_Room_Highsmith “Main Reading room of the Library of Congress,” Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, 2009, via Wikimedia.

The Library of Congress began collecting the information for these archives in June of 2014. Rather than manually copying relevant webpages, the Library uses web crawlers that travel the internet and make copies of the content on it. (Search engines are perhaps the best known users of web crawlers. They use them to create indexes.)

In a press release for the archives, Elizabeth Peterson, the director…

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One thought on “Then Libraries Came for the Memes

  1. Oh joy – Agent Orange tweets will be saved for posterity.

    I pray that the generations that follow will be able to regard them as clearly appalling – and that future historians will wonder why so many Americans alive in the moment did not recognize the harbingers of the burnt-out forest in time.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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