Article ID: CBB538485588

Collecting Middle-Class Memories? The Pandemic, Technology, and Crowdsourced Archives (April 2022)


Zumthurm, Tizian (Author)
Krebs, Stefan (Author)

Technology and Culture
Volume: 63
Issue: 2
Pages: 483-493
Publication date: April 2022
Language: English

Publication Date: April 2022
Edition Details: Public History section

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, many groups initiated crowd-sourced archives that invite members of the public to upload personal material connected to the pandemic. By archiving and publishing how "ordinary" people experienced and perceived the pandemic, these platforms influence how the pandemic is remembered and how historians will write about it. This article presents the example of and compares contributions to this platform from Luxembourg with others from German speaking countries. Analyzing users' thoughts about empty streets and skies and their experiences with computers and phones for work and leisure at home, this article discusses the potential and the limitations of crowdsourced archives for future historians of technology.

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Authors & Contributors
Simonutti, Luisa
Bauer, Susanne
Bondio, Mariacarla Gadebusch
Caianiello, Silvia
Kim, Hyomin
Parodi, Alessandra
Laboratorio dell'ISPF
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Technology and Culture
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Franco Angeli
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Medicine and society
Public health
Andrea Verga
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
South Korea
World Health Organization (WHO)

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