What makes these Virtual Galleries of Stupid interesting is that they preserve things designed to be ephemeral. They do not allow the biodegradable to biodegrade. It’s the equivalent of shoving a microphone under the door of a bathroom stall, taping someone murmur, “This toilet paper is confusing!” and then sending the recording to the Smithsonian.
We were stupid before the Internet. We just didn’t know how stupid we were. Or at least we didn’t archive it.
The trouble is that tweets are context-free. We can’t tell the personality of the Tweeter, we can’t see whether his feed is usually earnest or usually sardonic. We can only mock him for not knowing the identity of an antique entertainer whose New Year’s Eve hadn’t rocked in some time."