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Digital Memories: The Democratisation of Archives

Joanne Garde-Hansen

in Media and Memory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640348
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670949 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640348.003.0005
Digital Memories: The Democratisation of Archives

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Keeping the past is no longer an expensive business. Digital media technologies provide cheap data storage, ease in terms of the searching and retrieval of data with digital and mobile networks allowing for unprecedented global accessibility and participation in the creation of memories. This chapter will integrate theories of memory and archives with theories of digital media, digital history-making and digital access/participation. The Internet is distributing memories into personal, corporate and institutional archives. As more media digitally converge (television, mobile phones, video and photography) there are increased opportunities for museums, broadcasters, public institutions, private companies, media corporations and ordinary citizens to engage in archive fever.

Keywords: Archives; digital media; Internet; technology; storage; participation

Chapter.  7332 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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