Historical Revisionism

“Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.”
George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

A still from the Virgin Films movie, 1984, showing the cubicles of the Ministry of TruthSo what I discovered, in painstakingly cleaning and correcting nearly five hundred fifty pages of link spam and weird line breaks, is a lot of link rot, a lot of spelling errors and typos. I also found a lot of broken site-internal links. These happened because, when 16 years of content goes through three content management systems and three servers, URLs break. I also found a lot broken images because WordPress stores and handles images differently than MovableType and Greymatter.

So to fix this, I’m starting two or three new tasks:

  1. Fix all the internal hyperlinks so they work again.
  2. Restore lost images
  3. Or, and this is where the revisionism begins, add images to really old entries that never had such.

I have some pretty long old pages, and although they never many images to start with, I’m going to add them, just to break them up a bit and add a bit more content.¬† This is ahistoric and violates the context in which some of the pages were first crafted but:

  1. Even before Greymatter I was able to add images to pages created on my site.
  2. I’ll keep the images historically accurate if I talk about something that existed in 2003 but no longer exists in current times, I use images of that thing in 2003.

I figure, the linkrot should be historically accurate enough and if I don’t change what I wrote, we should be cool.¬†Anyway, the spam has been cleaned out and we’re back in business again. “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.”

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