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The Internet Is Rotting

theatlantic.com

Its designers were oriented toward academic issues and lacked the funding to build the web with a top-down, centralized structure.

They weren’t looking to monetize the internet.

They had no interest in fashioning a big, for-profit company.

They insis...

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The internet started as an improvement on traditional libraries. Web pages could link to content anywhere else on the internet, which meant that content outside a certain web page would still be at users' fingertips. And people, including bad actors, can alter or delete the conte...

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Even old, out-of-date, rarely used books are somewhere on the shelves in a traditional library but that’s not necessarily the case on the internet. Publishers or other businesses may close, rendering their digital content inaccessible.

When the United States government tem...

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Many books or texts that originate as digital are also ephemeral. These texts may have not a physical counterpart. Readers aren’t buying the text itself, they’re purchasing a subscription. If the subscription expires, the reader will no longer have access to the book or article.

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The internet’s organization enabled it to grow almost without limit, making the internet’s content that many people depend on ephemeral and often unreliable.

Brewster Kahle, a technologist who founded the Internet Archive called the “Wayback Machine...

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