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History on the Web: Museums, Digital Media and Participation
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7361-3068
2010 (English)In: History of Participatory Media: Politics and Publics, 1750-2000 / [ed] Anders Ekström, Solveig Jülich, Frans Lundgren and Per Wisselgren, New York/London: Routledge , 2010, 158-172- p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter examines how one particular museum deals with new media by investigating the ways in which politics of participation are conveyed through two websites. It begins with the proposition that it is neither the museum nor the media per se that sets the conditions for participation, but the socio-technical arrangements they form. Software that provides for discussions among people who share the same interest seems to be congenial to experience-centered hobbies like living history and re-enactment, wheras an interface set up for hypertextual navigation within a set of pre-provided information might be more appropriate for an institution intent on educating the general public. It is argued that both the museum's main website and the investigated on-line forum for historical re-enactors are closed for the airing of contentious political issues. However the internet policy of the media department became a political issue at the museum.   

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New York/London: Routledge , 2010. 158-172- p.
Keyword [en]
participatory media, politics of participation, media history
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-62650ISBN: 978-0-415-88068-8ISBN: 978-0-203-83932-4OAI: diva2:373875
Tilltalande förflutenheter. Mediering och reception av populärhistoria
Available from: 2010-12-01 Created: 2010-12-01 Last updated: 2015-03-24Bibliographically approved

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