Memory, Media, Power – a grad seminar at U de M

Had a great Skype talk with students at U de M in Line Grenier’s “memory, media, power” grad seminar. We discussed archives, and the article “The Archive as Dumpster.”

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Some key topics were:
– Fidélité (reliability) and authenticity of an « archive » that is produced by everyone, policed by no one

– Liberty (démocratie participative, everyone can become « archivist »)

– Dark web : not « visible », inaccessible ?

– Reversibility (there are always traces : was this foreseeable ? planned ?)

– Ethics of the archive as dumpster

– Issues of selection

– Rhizomatic nature of digital archive

– what materiality of archives in the context of oral societies…