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I was on a panel with [Brewster] Kahle a few years ago, discussing the relationship between material and digital archives. When I met him, I was struck by a story he told about how he once put the entire World Wide Web into a shipping container. He just wanted to see if it would fit. How big is the Web? It turns out, he said, that it’s twenty feet by eight feet by eight feet, or, at least, it was on the day he measured it. How much did it weigh? Twenty-six thousand pounds. He thought that meant something. He thought people needed to know that.

Jill Lepore 
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Lepore, Jill, “Can the Internet be Archived?” (New York: _The New Yorker_, January 26, 2015 Issue). https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/01/26/cobweb
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