Pretty much almost everything we do online, such as updating our Facebook status, tweeting, tagging, creating a photo album, saving a webpage, accessing journals, looking for directions, and posting comments are all considered as forms of archiving.
How have these forms come about?
Since the growing population of the internet and the introduction of various new technologies including portable web devices, the amazing iPhone, E-readers and Youtube (to name a few), forms of archiving as well as methods of accessing data and even sharing what we are doing to others have undergone major changes. Nowadays, it doesn’t take much to preserve information and data and as a result of these changes, it has become so much of a habit that it seem’s as though we are archiving to remember things!
As mentioned in this weeks readings, an archive is basically any way of storing and arranging information for future access. One reading in particular that made things a lot clearer for me was the blog post by Jon Stokes who uses web giant, Google as a metaphor for this notion of archiving by stating that if the internet is an archive, then Google is the catalogue. Whatever we type into the search bar, Google will present us with multiple direct links to that content.
Lets look at memory.
Whenever post a photo onto Facebook, what we are doing is digitally storing our memories for later access. Months later we may look back on these photos and re-live, in a sense, that memory. Bascially, all the data we enter and post on facebook is archived as digital memory. This idea of technologies relationship to human memory was also mentioned in the book ‘Archive Fever’ by philosopher Jacques Derrida who states;
The technical structure of the archiving archive also determines the structure of the archivable content…archivization produces as much as it records the event.
Most of us are not aware that everytime we share what we are doing, or upload a photo from a night out – we are creating a personal archive that allows for peices of our past to merge in amongst the present. We are creating, what Matt Ogle refers to as ‘a tool for remembering’.
Stokes, Jon (2003) ‘Reading Notes: Archive Fever’, Ars Technica, June 27
Ogle, Matt (2010) ‘Archive Fever: a love letter to the post real-time web’ – http://mattogle.com/archivefever/ (Accessed March 27th, 2011)