Why would readers prefer to forage the Web rather than use a well-structured book? The Web has a wider scope than any book and Google returns information faster than a trip to the bookshelf or the library.
extra reading material accompanying the course "Methodology and Digital Literacy in Japanese Studies"
But I maintain that the digital content that will remain durable on the web, outside of the heroic work done for us, at no cost to us, by the Internet Archive, is majorly the ones maintained, cared for by individuals, and largely in the digital spaces they pay for and manage themselves.
Why? Individuals have a deep stake in their work. Repositories, institutions? The stake varies with politics, staff turnover, leadership fetishes.
Viva the individual.
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Mountains are brushes, the oceans are ink,
Heaven and earth are the case preserving the sutras,
Each stroke of a character contains everything in the universe.