Wednesday, March 24, 2010
History and the Web WS
The intersection of new media and history should be explored further. Gitelman considers the weirdness of web documents in the context of history, change, and erasure. How does the concept of a history always in flux perhaps inform the gallery we explored in lab section? Many of the pieces were new and old images side by side, creating a new image, an upgraded history. The images we viewed were temporally problematic, and out of sync with time just like Gitelman describes web documents. What effect does this have on our reactions and understandings of the gallery and of web documents? Does the lack of distinct historical temporality detract from what the web offers us in terms of information?