The British Library are deciding, and asking the crowd to decide, which digital artefacts to archive; which is clearly a task as important as deciding upon what one should include/exclude in one’s #ededc tumblog
The following questions which are asked in the covering article are very deep:
‘But how will researchers be using this resource in 100, 200 or 1000 years time? And what will it say about who we are in 2013?’
But do these questions really matter? Is this not a case of ‘gathering matters of concern/things’ (Edwards 2010 p.15); is this not a fallible experimentation in which this current entanglement of human and non human things could, with entanglements of future humans and non-human things and their subjectivities (Edwards 2010), matter, or maybe not?.
Of course, our 2013 subjectivities are at play here in deciding what matters of concern will be gathered into a big matter of concern. To date there are artefacts based on locations, communities, history and archives, food and drink, leisure pursuits, data and technology, institutions (BBC, Met Office, NHS, the Old Bailey), religion, sport, arts and crafts and of course shopping and money. A vast array of potentially unstable assemblages which together might just enact a bit of the world in 2013.
Edwards, R., 2010. The end of lifelong learning : A post-human condition? Studies in the Education of Adults, 42(1), pp.5–17.