Ariel Bleicher profiles the secret world of France's Internet archivists:

"We have a lot of so-called crap, and we're happy about that," says Gildas Illien, an archivist at the [French National Library]. His colleagues in other countries might turn up their noses at hard-core porn, advertisements, and obscure newsletters, but not Illien. "In a hundred years, what's totally irrelevant or dirty today will end up becoming of extreme interest to historians," he declares. 

(Hat tip: Arts & Letters Daily)

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