Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Fading Memory of the State

"But it's doubtful such a record would be preserved today, because it would likely be 'born digital' and follow a convoluted electronic path. A modern-day J. Edgar Hoover might first use a Web browser to read an online version of the Washington Post. He'd follow a link to the Weinstein story. Then he'd send an e-mail containing the link to a subordinate, with a text note: 'What do we know about Weinstein?' The subordinate might do a Google search and other electronic searches of Weinstein's life, then write and revise a memo in Microsoft Word 2003, and even create a multimedia PowerPoint presentation about his findings before sending both as attachments back to his boss."