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November 05, 2008


Larry Perlstein

Interestingly, the first thing I did this morning was go collect the NY Times and other papers as a keepsake for my now 10 month old daughter. I figure these will be as valuable to her someday as the papers I have from the early '60s. Now the question is how best to preserve them. And someone needs to come up with a commemorative web archive for all the great online stuff.

Tim Windsor

I'm concerned that the more ink-stained of our colleagues are taking the wrong message from Wednesday's extraordinary sales.

Hint: it wasn't about the newspapers.

The people buying papers Wednesday had an emotional connection with Barack Obama and a moment in history, not the paper. They used the paper as a permanent, undeniable record of the moment. Look how many people you can find in flickr posing with the paper, in the mirror image of a hostage photo taken to prove the captive was still alive on a particular day. The paper better serves this purpose than a print-out of a web page. It’s more real, it’s cheap, and it is easily portable through time.

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