Society is shaped by technology and for that reason more and more people invest in various technologies every day. Many of us spend more time on our computers or cell phones than previous generations, which can be seen in the increase in social networking, blogging and websites.  Many corporations, organizations and academic/non-academic institutions are recognizing this. As historians, it’s important to take note of this, no longer are the days when we go to museums and libraries to learn about our past. That is what I found most interesting about all three digital archives that I explored. All three archives act as online museums, preserved using first and second hand sources. Twenty years ago this form of preservation might have been seen as unconventional but in today’s technologically driven world, sites like this make sense, maybe not in the way that many would think. These sites are easily accessible and convenient. The three archives focus on various events in American history.

In my opinion all the archives have the same goals and use technology as a way of preservation. The 9/11 archives tell the story of 2001 attacks on the world trade center. While the hurricane Katrina/Rita archives look at both hurricane Katrina (2005) hurricane Rita (2012) and its impacts. Finally, the Occupy archive looks at the Occupy movement (2012).   In exploring the digital archives I found that all three achieves did an amazing job of preserving a part of history that could have easily been lost or forgotten. Not only does each archive act as a historical reference but also memorial to the victims and their families.   What interests me about all three sites was the fact that they all gave voices to people who wouldn’t normally have one. However, through the use of various mediums, pictures, videos and first hand story telling many of the victims and their families are given a voice. To be honest I looked past the technical short comings of the sites and focused on the overall goal of the archives.

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