ARTS2090 Wk 5: Archive Fever March 31, 2011

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A lot of media forms that are usually seen as platforms or tools for publishing are also becoming archives themselves. When we think of archives in the traditional sense, images of libraries and toppling shelves of data/information on paper pop in our minds. A new form of archive that intrigues me is YouTube.

To be honest, I spend a lot of my online presence on YouTube because it is just a never endless plethora of media on the site. It is essentially a video sharing site, but it contains not only the videos themselves (within the Flash or HTML5 box where videos play), but archives a lot of textual information, hyperlinks and statistical data as well. There are various methods of accessing archived material: by searching (and sorting by view count, upload date etc), by channel (the uploader), by playlists, embedded on external sites, and so on.

There is no real limit to the style of content uploaded and archived on the site, except subjected to laws. The relatively high level of freedom ought to be a positive aspect of YouTube for media producers and consumers, however, quite a number of issues have arose as well. Firstly, YouTube is available nearly globally, which implies that it requires a very planned strategy to ensure content in the archive does not violate laws or government policies in other countries (hard to enforce and a major problem for all Internet content now), which has lead to a complete or partial ban in some countries like the People’s Republic of China. Following up on the first point, how does the provenance of YouTube prevent minors from access content on the site that are otherwise classified as unsuitable for minors in other media forms? For instance, minors can easily access video content on YouTube of video games that have MA15+ rating in Australia; so while they are legally not permitted to purchase these MA15+ games, what about viewing the video format of the games? Thirdly, despite YouTube constantly making changes to the way it archives and displays content in attempt for better accessibility, one often still needs to ‘dig through’ a lot of videos they deem as meaningless to find the archived content that they wish to access. The complexities in such a large and diverse archive raises interesting questions and implications for archives as a form of publishing.

Winnie Ho (3292568)


Stokes, Jon (2003) ‘Reading Notes: Archive Fever’, Ars Technica, June 27, <>

Howard, Sharon (2005) ‘Archive fever (a dusty digression)’, Early Modern Notes, June 15, < digression/>

Enszer, Julie R. (2008) Julie R. Enszer (personal blog), ‘Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression by Jacques Derrida’, November 16, < impression-by.html>

Ogle, Matthew (2010) ‘Archive Fever: A love letter to the post real-time web’,, December 16, <>


ARTS2090 Wk 3: Reflections on different modes of publishing March 17, 2011

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Out of this week’s readings for this course, two links were particularly intriguing: one being a YouTube video called ‘How to report the news’ by Charlie Brooker, the other was a blog post on Chris Clarke’s blog Coyote Crossing called ‘This is the title of a typical incendiary blog post’. Both of these published material attempt to capture the stringent nature of a specific media form in a satirical nature while confining within the limits of that media form. With media convergence and publishing in a transitional period, one would assume that the boundaries of different media forms are increasingly becoming blurred and mashed up together; yet, those two examples prove us wrong when we see how stereotypically accurate they are. Of course there are publishers that try to leap out of the typical structure of a media form, but I believe that it is the different limitations and formats of various modes of publishing allows for the distinction in how information, data and content is presented to the publics.

Let me take news journalism as an example. There are now so many ways in which you can access news, and the various tools and forms of publishing news modifies the settings, perspectives, styles and themes communicated to the target audience. For me, I usually first browse through daily news headlines by going through twitter feed links posted by news outlets during the day – these tweets of news contain nothing more than a news headline (possibly a tagline as well) and a link to the online version of a news article. If a news headline on Twitter gains my interest, I will proceed to click on the link and read through the online version of the news article. If I still want to find out more, I will try to search online for the same topic or event covered by other news outlets. Lastly, to gain very in-depth insight into the issue, I will look for printed newspaper articles and television news. Different modes of publishing on the same area are complimentary to each other and the distinctions in them serve as a regulatory force in allowing society to function and develop fully like branches growing from a central tree trunk.

Winnie Ho (3292568)


Brooker, Charlie (2010) ‘How to report the news’, YouTube, <>

Carr, David (2010) ‘Dialing in a Plan: The Times Installs a Meter on Its Future’, The New York Times, January 20, < meter-on-its-future/>

Busfield, Steve (2010) ‘Guardian editor hits back at paywalls’, The Guardian, January 25, <>

Clarke, Chris (2010) ‘This is the title of a typical incendiary blog post’, Coyote Crossing, January 24, <>