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From: Henry Wilhelm <hwilhelm>
Date: Monday, April 23, 2001
Should you have not already read it, and pertaining to the overall
discussion, is a very good editorial in yesterday's Sunday New York
Times (April 22, 2001), page A16, titled "Digitized History."
<URL:http://www.nytimes.com/
2001/04/22/opinion/22SUN2.html?searchpv=site05>

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The editorial touches on a number of aspects of "digitization",
including subzero storage of the Corbis collection: "From a
curatorial standpoint, the decision to place 17 million photographs
into protracted cryogenic hibernation is exactly the right one.  It
is also a sensible hedge against the shifting technology of
digitization." Also discussed is the Nicholson Baker book "Double
Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper."  The editorial concludes
with: "There is nothing wrong with digitizing books and newspapers
as long as it never becomes a pretext to destroy the originals. They
are the real matter of which real history is made."

Henry Wilhelm


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