Ruins of Geocities
Were it not for ArchiveTeam, a band of rogue archivists led by Jason Scott, the web’s first major metropolis would have sunk into the abyss “like the fabled Atlantis” (hat-tip @chaykak).
A team of internet paleontologists have descended upon the ruins of geocities and found a trove of cultural artifacts, documented on their blog One Terabyte of the Kilobyte Age.
Net artist and curator, Olia Lialina, reflects on the excavation:
The Geocities archive provides us with the experience of getting old. Coming into contact with the aged pages is an important lesson that defies the impression that on the net, everything always happens in the present.
Research: Open Culture
Tags: archive, archiving, collecting, culture, data, documentary, history, internet, memory, Net-Art