The Atlantic‘s Emily Temple makes a fair point when she talks about how easy it is to be fascinated by manuscripts in the era of .docs.
Of course, it’s also nice to have that luxury. Wasn’t too long ago when you had to travel to an out-of-the-way library to get a glimpse of your favorite first draft, whereas it’s now just a matter of locating the right blog or archive.
The image above, for instance, from Alice in Wonderland: years back, I saw an exhibit at the ICP on Lewis Carroll’s photography. Now a quick Google search turns up most of the same images. I’m not saying it’s an equivalent experience. But it’s web democracy in its purest form — the tools and the data are out there to satisfy curious minds.