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Social Media Archeology and Poetics$
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Judy Malloy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034654

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034654.001.0001

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From Archaeology to Architecture: Building a Place for Noncommercial Culture Online

From Archaeology to Architecture: Building a Place for Noncommercial Culture Online

(p.411) 29 From Archaeology to Architecture: Building a Place for Noncommercial Culture Online
Social Media Archeology and Poetics

Gary O. Larson

The MIT Press

This chapter examines various approaches to ensuring a place for nonprofit culture online, drawing from the various noncommercial networking projects discussed elsewhere in the anthology, as well as the 1990’s National Information Infrastructure policy debates in the U.S. and subsequent private-sector efforts. It discusses the key elements required for a broadly collaborative effort to (1) identify, cultivate, and promote the digital art resources that already exist; (2) develop new online projects; and (3) weave these resources together in a fashion that allows both online and offline arts activities to receive the serious attention to study they deserve. In addition to enhanced public sector leadership and expanded private sector support, the chapter calls for a more systematic application of curatorial expertise to the online sector, along with substantial grassroots participation in identifying the most reliable cultural resources that are too often lost in the vast expanses of the commercialized Internet today.

Keywords:   Internet - Nonprofit, Internet - Cultural Resources, National Information Infrastructure - Policy, Nonprofit Culture Online - Future, Digital Art Resources - Collaborative

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