My Thoughts on Week 5 (UPDATED)

This week, I am doing a presentation on Buzzfeed so as I was exploring more into the website and discovering more facts about its background, I noticed a similarity with a point brought up in Dietrich’s article, “After the Document Model for Scholarly Communication”. Dietrich mentions how duplication, especially default duplication is crucial in contemporary culture. Content in digital spaces are continuously duplicated both manually, through the copy and pasting of information from one platform to another, and through the internet browsers automatically interpreting documents and then changing their visual aspect based on their individual structure. Buzzfeed is guilty of both of these functions. Not only do the browsers change its visual structure, but Buzzfeed as a platform reuses viral content already discovered by other internet users. Which has got me thinking about how Buzzfeed contributors would always leave a citation to where they discovered the material, but what happens if that source isn’t the original author? Information is constantly shared throughout the internet so it kind of makes sense about how we could lose track of who created which video or who wrote a particular excerpt, but does this influence us to lose our grasp on authorship? Is it becoming less important? Is Buzzfeed encouraging us to share more? To pay less attention to who wrote it first? A lot of these questions can also be related to some readings that were brought up in Week 1.

Scalar: “Scalar works to make embedding a form of citation in itself – a citation that is, quite importantly, machine-readable and traceable” – this is important to the digital humanities (“we all need to share!”)

I found Pathfinders to be a very interesting project! The fact that they consider themselves as a place for digital preservation is completely surreal to me. When I think of preservation, historical documents and artifacts are the first things to come to mind. Such things as fossils from the ancient past or art pieces are preserved in museums, but to think that older digital documents of early digital literature need to be preserved is not something I think comes to mind for anyone. But it all makes sense, now that these documents are becoming inaccessible to the public due to their computer platforms becoming obsolete. The World Wide Web is constantly being updated with new applications on a daily basis so to think of how many platforms that need to be disposed of due to their “old and ancient” ways is incomprehensible. I wouldn’t be surprised if eventually the graveyard for technology will overcome that of our ancient history’s.

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