The Internet Archive launched its Trump Archive last week, as reported in this short Boing Boing post by @doctorow on Friday. (Few others covered the story: Engadget, Buzzfeed, and VentureBeat). It will provide an opportunity to fact check Trump, writes Doctorow.
I have a feeling the archive will be of little use when it comes to fact checking, however. Some on Twitter have attempted to send Trump’s old tweets back to him as a way to call out his hypocrisy–it doesn’t seem to matter. He doesn’t care. And there is no enforcement mechanism. False statements are protected by the First Amendment. There is nothing to stop him from continuing to lie in the future.
Right now the Internet Archive is soliciting proposals for ideas about how to use the Trump Archive. I am starting this thread as a space for others to propose and get feedback on their ideas before they email them to The Internet Archive.
I’m also starting this thread to get feedback on an idea of my own that I’ve already submitted to the archive. My two cents is that we could use the archive as a dataset in order to look for patterns. Depending upon the kind of criteria we use to analyze the data, we might be surprised by the results. My essay, How Big Data can expose a nascent White (House) Nationalism, published by the London School of Economics US Centre on its blog last week, details the method I proposed.
Looking forward to a thoughtful discussion.