Is fluther serving as a publisher and archiver of our lives?
In a comment made here, linguaphile wrote:
I am thinking about the amazing and wonderful [people] who, for reasons we wouldn’t know, didn’t have anyone to speak for them and share their value with others. For example, one of my favorite authors, Zora Neale Hurston, died alone, penniless and was tossed into an unmarked pauper’s grave. If Alice Walker had not happened to find Zora’s writing in 1973 and catapult her to post-humous fame, who would have been there to speak for Zora, and in essence, define her life?
I don’t know how long fluther will last, nor what will happen to the data here (our writings) when it shuts down, but for the moment, it strikes me that it does preserve the work of many people, and that sometime in the future, someone might use this archive.
Even before fluther might be used as an archive, it might be a publisher. Do you think of yourself as being published when your work is put up on fluther’s website? After all, there are editors (the moderators). Do you think that someone could edit the work here and turn it into a more concise book that could be sold, with perhaps many copies being sold?
Do you think anyone would ever want to go through the gazillions of words written here? If they did, what might they be looking for? Do you think this archive would realistically be one that is saved should fluther go out of business?