Link: “The Rotting Internet Is a Collective Hallucination”

Original post found at: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2021/06/the-internet-is-a-collective-hallucination/619320/

A long read on “link rot”, essentially. I do think there are times when it’s better to let old content slip into inaccessibility (this article gives the example of a hasty Facebook comment), but it’s also true that there’s a lot of useful material that just disappears over the years. I find a lot of Wikipedia citations are no longer actually available to be checked, for example, and this article talks about projects to try to mitigate that kind of thing.

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