Government web sites are public records. They exist to help citizens, not promote executives. They should not be used to advance individual agendas.
Yet, frequently, the first act of a new administration is to wipe out evidence of the prior leadership. This is more than just changing the names on the “About Us” page. Articles, photos,videos, press releases and other evidence of earlier management is deleted from the web site, as if it had never been. It’s a farcical repeat of Soviet practices, of airbrushing out of photos those who had been purged – the Commissar Vanishes.
This is petty and insecure but I suspect is done at all levels of government, perhaps even down to dogcatcher. It’s the urge to minimize one’s predecessors and exalt your own position.
Removing all evidence of the previous administrator, director, division head or assistant branch chief seems like a really pointless exercise. A waste of taxpayer resources.
A futile one, too, because that redacted information is already out there, retrievable through sites like archive.org. Media relations professionals should know that nothing ever really goes away on the Internet. Deleting things from the web site does not change history.