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Archives and History

Archives and History

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Media in Transition 6: Stone and Papyrus, Storage and Transmission. Scholars of "dead tree technologies" feel increasingly uneasy in a culture overwhelmingly consumed with innovation. Although we may "live in a condition of perpetual flux," David Thorburn hopes that "we won't allow utopians and futurists to intimidate us." Moderator Peter Walsh poses a series of questions to the archivists and historians on this panel, who reflect the anxiety and exhilaration of a digital age that is constantly transforming their disciplines. After a thousand years and the extinction of many written literatures, John Miles Foley views the oral tradition (OT) as "alive and well in highly literate societies, even in the wired West, and multifunctional: it does many... Show More

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