So long, Farewell….

Thinking back over this course over the semester I have gained new skills that will help me in my future. I have enjoyed hearing everyone’s differing perspectives. First off, I have learned what Digital Art is, and how it is a continually growing genre. Every time I go online I now analyze all of the different types of digital art I am viewing. I can definitely see more of a trend to want to collect and preserve this type of art in the future.

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries- a Social Preservation

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The preservation plan for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will consist of the main character’s social media accounts; including, but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and other related accounts for each character. I decided not to preserve the videos themselves, because they have already been properly preserved in the form of YouTube, streaming, and DVD formats. In addition to creating videos that were directed to their audience, the “characters” interacted with their audience in real time. The majority of the social media accounts are no longer active, however, they still remain live. I have chosen to utilize the company ArchiveSocial to capture and preserve the social media accounts.

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…And Technology Saves the Day!!


All types of digital art have a heritage with an analog medium. The original format, can hold hidden treasures, similar to the digital version, that have yet to be discovered. While digital art is becoming the “norm”, analog have their own affordances that can be seen as superior. Analog art can include the traditional practices of art, film, writing, and other cultural documentation. Technology is inherently going to have problems occur, but when used in the right way can open a whole new world of creation. Reformatting analog materials into digital will help preserve them, and keep their information viable in the long run. By combining the old and new, technological advances and traditional art, previously unknown information can be found and a whole new style of art is made.

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Preservation Intent: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is more than just a collection of YouTube videos, it reaches far and wide across the Internet. The creators behind the Lizzie Bennet Diaries utilized social media as a way for the characters to be relatable and approachable. Each character has a least a Twitter account, to “talk” to each other, and other accounts that best fit the individual character. For instance, the main character Lizzie Bennet has a Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Google+. However, some characters have Pinterest, Linkedin, or if the character was never on camera then they would not have any social media. While the videos may have all been prerecorded, the social media all happened in real time coinciding with the videos upload.

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YouTube: The Wild, Wild West of the Internet

YouTube… a dynamic Internet invention. It is constantly evolving and changing, and yet the basic principles are still the same. YouTube is an open, non-judgemental, creative space. First created in 2005, as a video-sharing website, YouTube became a fast hit starting in 2006 and was averaging over 100 million views per day. Part of what makes YouTube so unique is that everyone on YouTube is both “creator” and audience. There is an inherent standardized style to a YouTube video. For one thing, the creator is solely responsible for what they created, be that a company, an individual, or a group. Next, is the immediate interaction between audience and creator and visa versa. The biggest “standard” for YouTube videos is the relate ability factor. Having said that, YouTube is also a random and unknowable space. While the previous three factors have become a “standard” in the videos, there is also an accidental or absurd quality to what makes a video or creator successful. “[YouTube] will never have a set type of content, there will always be a new form of entertainment popping up.”

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