The idea that it is a means to an end can be lost when there’s a possibility of publishing it all. This infinite instrumentality can be an excuse for avoiding the duty to make choices, use judgment, and stand firm, but it doesn’t exonerate the profession from the effects of choice, or take away from the powerful agency of publishing.
Total publishing is not an option. The effect of infinite archiving, amassing, hoarding and cornucopia spilling is undiscriminating and becomes overwhelming, as each edition brings a new thing into existence.
Publishing makes copies available, but it cannot copy everything.