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Friday, November 8 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
S14: Should Their Stories be Writ in Water: A Debate on Preserving Social Media Posts

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Nora Caplan-Bricker’s New Yorker article “The Challenge of Preserving the Historical Record of #MeToo” questions how to best preserve stories from the #MeToo movement. While Twitter is generally public, do users believe their tweets will become part of a dataset? When collecting personal stories from social media, should archivists be required to obtain consent from the creators before including posts in a collection? In this interactive session, presenters will debate the issue and two audience members will speak to each side following the debaters. The debate will conclude with a vote to determine which side prevails.


Emilia Mahaffey

History Factory


Bethany Anderson

University of Virginia

Christine Anne George

Cardozo Law Library

Friday November 8, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm EST
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