THE BIG QUESTION: How does social/digital media create, use, and change new and existing cultural archives?
SOCIAL MEDIA NEW BLOGPOSTS, LITERATURE, VIDEOS, PICTURES, NEWS, STATUS UPDATES, ETC. ARCHIVED BLOGPOSTS, LITERATURE, VIDEOS, PICTURES, NEWS, ETC.
A jumping off point… How does Facebook create, use, and change new and existing cultural archives?
Facebook creates, uses, and changes cultural archives by:
Creating a space for personal cultural expression and archiving
Creating a space for a global cultural archive
Being the “world’s largest town square” via networking and interaction
Combining all aspects of social/digital media into one dynamic format for quick information dissemination
Personal Cultural Expression and Archives
Profile pictures express personal preference on how individual users want the world to view them.
The “info” page lets users advertise work and educational history, personal interests (favorite books/films/music/games, etc.), blogs and websites created, likes, and other information pertinent to each person.
The “wall” works to archive past posts, comments, photos, messages, etc.
The “newsfeed” lets users promote themselves, discuss interesting content, and see what others are doing to the minute
The Global Cultural Archive and “World’s Largest Town Square”
Facebook hosts over 400 million users from personal users to businesses to press houses to municipal/state organizations to national figures and world causes
Mutual friends on Facebook can potentially open up a user to millions of others with similar interests
Group/fan pages allow users to connect with other people interested in similar topics
Facebook is a major platform for archiving global personal cultural information and will demand further cultural study
Combination of All Aspects of Social/Digital Media
Through the “newsfeed” users can create direct links to new and old blog posts, post YouTube videos, and promote others’ work
Through the “info” page users can provide links to their websites, blogs, YouTube channels, Twitter streams, and other platforms of information dissemination
This creates a dynamic environment that makes discovery of new content easier and more personal
How do blogs create, use, and change new and existing cultural archives?
Blogs create, use, and change cultural archives by:
Allowing anyone, and everyone, to write and publish work on any topic instantly
Creating a platform for immediate and reciprocal discussion of new and old work
Providing a foundation for further work/study and networking via links, embedded videos/pictures, and guest bloggers
It’s All Out There for the Taking
Oversimplified comparison: Commercial Blogs vs. Independent Blogs
The Huffington Post
The Poetry Foundation
I Love My Opinion
Albert Berg’s Unsanity Files
El Fin De Los Tiempos
Discourse in C# Minor
Commercial blogs are generally used for news, mainstream cultural information, and advertising
Independent blogs are generally used for special topic discussion, public journaling, personal promotion, etc.
Independent blogs can also include literary journal websites such as:
They can also be traditional literary archives such as: www.publicliterature.org
Blogs are democratizing written word dissemination, although already present hegemonies in literature are still prevalent and influential
Blogs act as an archive of cultural activity by recording and saving publicly written work—many blogs have been inactive for years yet remain in the public sphere
How does YouTube create, use, and change new and existing cultural archives?
YouTube creates, uses, and changes cultural archives by:
Like blogs, allowing anyone, and everyone, to post a video on any topic instantly
Creating a platform for the large-scale storage of videos either new or from the past
Allowing users and companies a space for promotion of new works
Allowing literary/art works to be recreated in video by non-established writers and filmmakers
Democratizing information dissemination and discussion through personalized channels
YouTube provides a huge platform for the consumption of information
You can find a video on pretty much anything that interests you: DIY, E-Poetry/Fiction, Film, V-logs, etc.
Content varies from new/old video, television, and film recordings to current news to personal tirades to slice-of-life renderings, among other topics
The videos give light into cultural norms and practices across a global spectrum
A home-video posted by a user could get as many, or even more, views than a film produced by a large film company
A few videos… Nancy Pelosi: a video from the House floor A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me Coachella Music Festival 2010
A Quick Conclusion…
Social/Digital media creates, uses, and changes new and existing cultural archives by:
Opening up the opportunities for the publication, dissemination, consumption, and discussion of new and old works whether they be film, art, music, literature, or really anything else Creating networks of people with similar interests and maintaining these networks over a global arena Automatically archiving new and old works for later investigation and discussion Allowing users to control content in ways never possible before MENTOS