Saved from Oblivion: Documenting the Daily from Diaries to Web Cams

Saved from Oblivion: Documenting the Daily from Diaries to Web Cams

by Andreas Kitzmann



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Saved from Oblivion: Documenting the Daily from Diaries to Web Cams by Andreas Kitzmann

What lies behind our need to rigorously document the thoughts, deeds, images, and sounds of everyday life? And more curiously, why would anyone want to spend time going over such material? At any given point someone is using a pen, a camera, a web cam, or a computer to document with varying degrees of detail, personal thoughts, observations, or glimpses of private space and life. And for each of these, there is usually at least one person reading, watching, and even responding. Saved from Oblivion is a comparative analysis of how individuals have used various media technologies to document their everyday lives. More specifically, this book focuses on the major forms of self-documentation that have been in use since the late nineteenth century and covers traditional diaries, snapshot photography, home movies/videos, and web-based media such as web cams and online diaries or journals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820461953
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 07/19/2004
Series: Digital Formations Series , #11
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 60.00(w) x 87.50(h) x 5.00(d)

About the Author

The Author: Andreas Kitzmann is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Arts and Letters at the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies at York University, Toronto. Prior to his appointment at York University, he was Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of Karlstad, Sweden. He received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from McGill University, and has written widely on the impact of communications technology on the construction of identity, electronic communities, and the influence of new media on narrative conventions.

Table of Contents

Part 1Media Place
1.Posture One21
2.The Place of the Page27
3.The Place of the Camera35
4.The Place of the Network53
Part 2Private Place
5.Posture Two63
6.Pure Privacy69
7.Public Privacy79
8.Connected Privacy89
Part 3Real Place
9.Posture Three99
10.Positive Reality101
11.Negative Reality111
12.Returned Reality115
Part 4Time Place
13.Posture Four129
14.Still Time133
15.Future Time139
16.Real Time155
Epilogue: Last Place171
Works Cited189

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