Who Are Tomorrow’s Gatekeepers?

Kurt Yalcin
4 min readMar 14, 2019

While issues abound with archiving digital information, I find the future of handling information to be even more frightening. As information (and misinformation) continues to grow, the weight of our “hyperreal” and technologically saturated world threatens to crumble factual integrity and exacerbate the existing issues around archiving, data preservation, and information maintenance.

In Roy Rosenzweig’s “Scarcity or Abundance? Preserving the Past in a Digital Era,” he writes about the future landscape of information:

“Still, the astonishingly rapid accumulation of digital data — obvious to anyone who uses the Google search engine and gets 300,000 hits — should make us consider that future historians may face information overload. Digital information is mounting at a particularly daunting rate…”

As we discuss the best archival practices for the present moment, are we doing a disservice to future historians by skirting around tomorrow’s problems and not coming up with solutions for issues we know will persist? Rosenzweig writes primarily to discuss how best to archive our past and, in doing so, he highlights the seemingly fleeting task of catching up to current and future trends. In some regards, archiving is just the tip of the iceberg. Looking to the future and grappling with the implications of information abundance is overwhelming.