This is why you keep backups

By Serdar Yegulalp | 2016/07/19 08:00

Author Dennis Cooper (of Frisk, Try, Closer, etc.) has lost a decade of work to Google:

Google deletes artist’s blog and a decade of his work along with it

... the removal of Cooper’s blog doesn’t necessarily feel like a surprise so much as it does part of a quiet trend. As Baio puts it, “We can’t expect for-profit corporations to care about the past.” It’s a trend that suggests a conclusion that’s at once obvious and sad: if the internet is your archive, your archive isn’t safe.

Cooper's work is edgy, to put it mildly, so I suspect someone reported his work to Google, and El Goog decided to err on the side of safety and purge everything.

On the one hand, it's a strong argument for backups. On the other hand, it's an even stronger argument for owning your own blogging infrastructure.

I hope Cooper gets his blog back. I also hope someone helps him set up his own.

Tags: Blogger DIY blogging

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