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ERIC Number: EJ907221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Documentary with Ephemeral Media: Curation Practices in Online Social Spaces
Erickson, Ingrid
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v30 n6 p387-397 Dec 2010
New hardware such as mobile handheld devices and digital cameras; new online social venues such as social networking, microblogging, and online photo sharing sites; and new infrastructures such as the global positioning system are beginning to establish new practices--what the author refers to as "sociolocative"--that combine data about a physical location, such as a geotag, with a virtual social act. This research investigates the phenomenon of documentary broadcasting, whereby individuals curate lasting descriptions and commentaries about a location for a public audience, often using the photo sharing site, Flickr. Unlike many photographs shared online, the subject of a documentary post is always a place and not the activities nor identity of the broadcaster himself or herself. When presented together as curated narratives, posted images transform Flickr into a virtual public "gallery space" that captures, presents, and preserves aspects of a place that may last longer than the physical location itself. (Contains 7 notes and 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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