Historians in the years to come are going to have it ridiculously easy. Just as it’s very difficult for current historians to piece together prehistory, it will be equivalently simple for those analyzing our current time period to have a perfect picture of what went on. And this frustrates me. We’ve lost our mystery. In 100 years, instead of having to scour through dusty manuscripts and reconcile numerous discrepancies, researchers will merely need to view video captured on some high schooler’s cellphone. There’s no denying that this is the information age, but we should be trying to make it a little harder for those guys. It would be a shame if someone was trying to learn about how Americans lived in the early 21st century and accomplished his task through a simple Google “Blog” search.
It’s true that history is a bogus choice of vocation anyway, so it might not be a bad thing that the conglomeration of information into Wikipedia-esque archives will obviate the position.