Collecting and the Internet: Essays on the Pursuit of Old Passions Through New Technologies

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The Internet has had a profound effect on collecting-because of the Web, collectibles are now more readily available, collections more easily displayed for a wider audience, and collectors' online communities are larger and often quite intimate. In addition, the Web has added new items to the pantheon of collectibles, including digital bits that, whether considered virtual or material, are nevertheless collectible. In this work, essays discuss the age-old habit of collecting and its modern relationship with the ...
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Overview

The Internet has had a profound effect on collecting-because of the Web, collectibles are now more readily available, collections more easily displayed for a wider audience, and collectors' online communities are larger and often quite intimate. In addition, the Web has added new items to the pantheon of collectibles, including digital bits that, whether considered virtual or material, are nevertheless collectible. In this work, essays discuss the age-old habit of collecting and its modern relationship with the Internet. Topics include individually authored websites, online auctions, watches, eye-ware, Kelly dolls, the gambler's rush of online acquisition, mp3s, collecting friends via online social networking sites, and online museums, among others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786438457
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/23/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Koppelman is an independent feminist scholar, editor and writer. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. Alison Franks is a textile artist who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Collecting the Internet: How Individually Authored Websites Have Generated Nostalgia and a Desire to Collect the Internet Kelley C. Smith Feranec Feranec, Kelley C. Smith 9

2 Collecting Materials Born Digital Marilyn A. Dunn Dunn, Marilyn A. 23

3 Collecting Watches on the Internet Dennis Mills Mills, Dennis 31

4 Collecting Eyewear on eBay Jeffrey Kessler Kessler, Jeffrey 41

5 The Konnection of the Kelly Kollection: Kelly Doll Collectors and the Internet Jo Ann Kelly Graham Graham, Jo Ann Kelly 47

6 Gambler's Rush: All That Glitters, Etc Julia Penelope Penelope, Julia 60

7 On Collecting "La Vie en Rose" Terry Evers Evers, Terry 72

8 I Want My MP3s: Music Collecting in the Digital Age Annelise Sklar Sklar, Annelise 81

9 Trading Online Objects on Friendster.com: Cyber Collecting as Socialization Carson Metzger Metzger, Carson 96

10 Tales from the Thrift: Thrift-shopping Enthusiasts Tell Their Stories Online Alison Franks Franks, Alison 108

11 The Venus of Willendorf Project Brenda Oelbaum Oelbaum, Brenda 120

12 Grandmom's Collection Elana C. Hurwitz Hurwitz, Elana C. 138

13 Being Collected: Selling Art on the Internet Harold Smith Smith, Harold 147

14 The Past Is Always on Sale: Revisiting Culture as Commodity: Internet Auctions and Judaica Collecting Emily Alice Katz Katz, Emily Alice 158

15 Online Museums, Exhibits, and Archives of American Disability History Penny L. Richards Richards, Penny L. 168

16 Online Therapy, Obsession, and Entertainment: Adventures in the International Cyber Bazaar Susan Koppelman Koppelman, Susan 180

Index 203

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