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Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom (2016)


Abigial De Kosnik (Author)

MIT Press
Publication date: 2016
Language: English

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: x + 430

The task of archiving was once entrusted only to museums, libraries, and other institutions that acted as repositories of culture in material form. But with the rise of digital networked media, a multitude of self-designated archivists—fans, pirates, hackers—have become practitioners of cultural preservation on the Internet. These nonprofessional archivists have democratized cultural memory, building freely accessible online archives of whatever content they consider suitable for digital preservation. In Rogue Archives, Abigail De Kosnik examines the practice of archiving in the transition from print to digital media, looking in particular at Internet fan fiction archives. De Kosnik explains that media users today regard all of mass culture as an archive, from which they can redeploy content for their own creations. Hence, “remix culture” and fan fiction are core genres of digital cultural production. De Kosnik explores, among other things, the anticanonical archiving styles of Internet preservationists; the volunteer labor of online archiving; how fan archives serve women and queer users as cultural resources; archivists' efforts to attract racially and sexually diverse content; and how digital archives adhere to the logics of performance more than the logics of print. She also considers the similarities and differences among free culture, free software, and fan communities, and uses digital humanities tools to quantify and visualize the size, user base, and rate of growth of several online fan archives.

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Bauer, Susanne
Brouillette, Sarah
Cooper, Timothy
Dodds, Ben
MacEachern, Alan
Packer, Jeremy
Agricultural History
Book History
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Environment and History
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Palgrave Macmillan
University of Minnesota Press
Cambridge University Press
New York University Press
Collective memory
Computers and computing
Digital media
Historic preservation
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Information technology
Coronelli, Marco Vincenzo
Eddington, Arthur Stanley
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century, early
17th century
Great Britain
Latin America
North Africa
League of Nations

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