What Should You Put In A Modern Time Capsule?


Once, schoolchildren buried books, action figures, photographs and handwritten messages in time capsules, imagining that they were leaving traces of their lives to be found by mirroring children in a futuristic civilization. Now, time capsules have migrated from the backyard to — you guessed it — the internet, as children are creating digital time capsules to show future generations what really mattered in our age. That’s right, Twitter. The K12 Web Archiving Program, a collaboration between the Internet Archive and the Library of Congress, organizes students to create digital time capsules that record the “sites they believe are representative of the modern student experience” for K-12 students, a demographic whose internet usage has not been very well recorded in this way. And in case you’re interested in the online experiences of young students before the future hits, the kids’ web collections are available online in the present, like the choices of the eighth graders of Ames Middle School in Ames, Iowa, who have archived 19,240,220 web pages among them. Do digital time capsules effectively represent the experience of youth? Do we need both, or some hybrid? Or are time capsules themselves a relic of another age? Let us know what you think in the comments. [via Good]