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The archive and the scene: on the cultural techniques of retrocomputing databases
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2053-0933
2019 (English)In: New Media and Society, ISSN 1461-4448, E-ISSN 1461-7315Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Several digital spaces are now archiving artifacts from the first 1980s home computer boom. These spaces are not only storages, but also social venues and ‘memory banks’, and thereby depend on several concurrent practices: software and hardware developed to read, run, and preserve computer code; archiving of old software, magazines, and personal stories; contemporary conferences dedicated to retrocomputing; and making artifacts, which used to be private, publically available. The paper argues that retrocomputing can be seen as a foreshadowing in terms of managing collective digital archives, memories, and relationships to digital material. Taking the Commodore 64 Scene Database as a case, this paper 1) engages with both users and cultural techniques, in order to 2) theorize collective digital archives as ‘performative in-betweens’, and 3) discuss how retrocomputing may become a default mode for people seeking access to their digital pasts in a time when planned obsolescence is rampant.

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Keywords [en]
cultural techniques, retrocomputing, csdb, collective archiving, digital culture, digital memory
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Media Studies
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-174769OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-174769DiVA, id: diva2:1359658
Available from: 2019-10-09 Created: 2019-10-09 Last updated: 2019-10-11

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