Fever

Archives, which constitute a network of information and data are available for people access later. It makes up a large part of publishing, also offers the range of possibilities of what we can do. For example, in a big picture, the archives could be documents, laws, institutional records; in our daily life, the archives could be mobile phone contacts, address books; also in the media distribution channel, it could be websites, newspaper and E-reader.

Jacques Derrida, the philosopher and author of Archive Fever (1997, Chicago: University of Chicago Press), suggests that media archives which interacts with each single identity. For example, website could stimulate individuals to read newspaper if the contents are unavailable online. Also, website reading could destroy the physical publishing.

Fever, means a kind of desires which regaining moments of inception, to find and possess al sorts of beginnings (Sharon, 2007).  Archives fever represents different ways of publishing would constitute our modes of living, also different forms of information persevered and distributed to the public, which would impacts individuals, either in the big pictures, or in every moment of daily livings.

Apparently, it could be recognised almost everyone has started to construct individual archives. For example, university students would like to post the status and pictures on the Facebook. Sometimes, Facebook could be regarded as a virtual discussion place for group work or team activities. When we started to upload something which we could see in the future, it should be a start of archiving.

Archives never closed, it would open for the future. It should be concerned is social network websites wields extraordinary and often unacknowledged power to control distribution of information, individually and collectively (Jon, 2003). Also, if website is public archives, individual security and privately owned information will be threatened. For example, Wikileaks lays the basis for authority.

However, it could be believed that online resource will have opportunity to make the stream of information more transparent in the future.

References:

Stokes, Jon (2003) ‘Reading Notes: Archive Fever’, Ars Technica, June 27, <http://arstechnica.com/old/content/2003/06/130.ars>

Howard, Sharon (2007) ‘Reposted: Archive fever (a dusty digression)’, Early Modern Notes, September 25, <http://emn.sharonhoward.org/2007/09/reposted-archive-fever-a-dusty-digression/>

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