“Nothing disappears on the Internet,” people like to say, but journalists know that’s not necessarily true. Articles frequently disappear when online publications shutter or restructure. The internet is more like an Etch-a-Sketch than a stone engraving—over time, some marks endure, but the rest are swept from the canvas.
In August, the online archives of Into, a Grindr publication that folded earlier this year, briefly disappeared from the internet. Those archives have since been restored, but Kate Sosin, an investigative journalist who reports for LOGOTv’s NewNowNext, expressed concern for the temporary loss of their former colleagues’ work.
Truly, working at @Into was the most rewarding and beautiful thing I have ever done. I am so sad to see the site gone today and mourn the incredible work of my colleagues and friends. I celebrate you all.
— Kate Sosin (@shoeleatherkate) August 20, 2019
Sometimes, writers’ work isn’t lost but cannibalized or rendered unrecognizable. After Amelia McDonnell-Parry, an independent journalist based in Baltimore, left her position as editor-in-chief at a feminist analysis and entertainment site called The Frisky, it was bought by a Serbian music producer. It became a “Stepford” version of itself, McDonnell-Parry says, recycling outdated content under fake bylines.
Creative Loafing, a monthly paper in Atlanta, lost most of its 10-year archive in 2018, after the publication launched a new website. What work remains is formatted strangely or filled with broken links.
It’s been said by other CL writers. But losing the paper’s web archives for good
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