Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom by Abigail De Kosnik

By Abigail De Kosnik

The activity of archiving used to be entrusted in basic terms to museums, libraries, and different associations that acted as repositories of tradition in fabric shape. yet with the increase of electronic networked media, a large number of self-designated archivists -- fanatics, pirates, hackers -- became practitioners of cultural protection on the net. those nonprofessional archivists have democratized cultural reminiscence, development freely obtainable on-line data of no matter what content material they give thought to appropriate for electronic renovation. In Rogue Archives, Abigail De Kosnik examines the perform of archiving within the transition from print to electronic media, having a look specifically at net fan fiction archives.De Kosnik explains that media clients this day regard all of mass tradition as an archive, from which they could redeploy content material for his or her personal creations. for this reason, "remix tradition" and fan fiction are middle genres of electronic cultural creation. De Kosnik explores, between different issues, the anticanonical archiving types of web preservationists; the volunteer exertions of on-line archiving; how fan records serve girls and queer clients as cultural assets; archivists' efforts to draw racially and sexually varied content material; and the way electronic data adhere to the logics of functionality greater than the logics of print. She additionally considers the similarities and variations between loose tradition, unfastened software program, and fan groups, and makes use of electronic humanities instruments to quantify and visualize the scale, consumer base, and price of progress of numerous on-line fan archives.

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