Broken Links

Link-rot used to be a big problem for early web-loggers, but since everyone (inc mainstream media) started used standard blogging and micro-blogging CMS and storage of content became practically free, most web content sticks once it’s posted. Permalinks usually are. Problems do still arise:

Having reviewed / recommended Andy Martin’s writing over the years, my blog posts include several links to the writing on his “Ink” blog – I pulled some of the key posts together in my previous post, but sadly some links to specific posts on Andy Martin Ink are broken:

http://www.andymartinink.com/?p=707
This used to be a link to his brief personal memoir on how he came to be writing Camus vs Sartre (also published in The Independent review and appearing as a preface to his book).

http://www.andymartinink.com/?p=645
This used to be a link to his promotional film for Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Cambridge.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/surfing-in-new-york-2361229.html
This used to be a link to his film “Surfing in New York”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/others/the-other-kind-of-new-york-board-meeting-2353701.html
This used to be a link to his article on how he came to be surfing in New York.

http://andymartinink.co.uk/2016/12/the-culture-of-fear/
This used to link to independent article on how the fiction writer is king and how the crime-thriller genre is contributing to our downfall. (Very important story – closely related to why I find the Child-Reacher oevre “truly awful” however cleverly cafted to be “popular”. Pure memetics – popular does not equal good. There may be meta-qualities to be appreciated, so long as understood they are not literally equivalent to explicit reality. Populism is tyranny, not free democracy. Escapism has its value, but not as a model of reality.)

Pity. I wonder if alternative links exist to the same content? Is everything Andy Martin’s ever written now behind The Independent paywall?

[https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/beyond-understanding/
Still works – this is a piece on Autism – beyond understanding.]


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