So, yes, important things will get saved. But that doesn’t feel like a solid argument for how preservation happens.
Maybe those things weren’t saved because they were important. Maybe they were important because they were saved.
In order to write a history, you need evidence of what happened. When we talk about preserving the stuff we make on the web, it isn’t because we think a Facebook status update, or those GeoCities sites have such significance now. It’s because we can’t know.
Jason Santa Maria