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took a peak at Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom, an academic book written by a fan that involved interviewing a number of other fans, some of whom were quoted in the book. I didn't have time to read it cover to cover, but it looks pretty interesting. It is mostly about online fanfic archives, but frames these as an example of, you guessed it, rogue archives--digital archives created and run by non-professional archivists with a goal of preserving "content that has never been, and would likely never be, contained in a traditional memory institution." Other examples include Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, and some websites I hadn't heard of. I don't know if this was addressed in a chapter I didn't read, but some fic archives actually wouldn't fit the book's definition of rogue archives--some archives are selective about whose fic is included, whereas the book seemed focused on non-curated archives run by completionists.

I took a few notes:

"Media users have seized hold of all of mass culture as an archive, an enormous repository of narratives, characters, worlds, images, graphics, and sounds from which they can extract the raw matter they need for their own creations"

"Internet fan cultures are archival cultures in multiple ways..." talking about both the actual fic archives and archives as metaphors for the way fanfic functions

putting something in an archive confers status on it. "But Mbembe illuminates the power of digital communities' self-made archives to award those communities with the minimal status of having truly existed ... and therefore of making possible their insertion into history."

quotes Derrida: "There is no political power without control of the archive"

The author talks about failing to notice for years that some fic in an archive was created for challenges and that this oversight was due to her print culture (English lit?) background; she interpreted fic as "free-standing" texts rather than evidence of an event. "So those locked into the Gutenberg Parenthesis look for compositions by single authors and judge them on their originality and uniqueness."

some discussion about performance and body, and a quote from jinjurly about podfic!

Deirdre said in an interview that Babylon 5 was a huge fandom in its day but that you wouldn't know it because the archive went offline.

There was a whole chapter on print fans vs. net fans - transition period 1989-1998 - some print fans felt threatened - Henry Jenkins talked about learning online of an offline Beauty and the Beast fan club and going to meetings where fans had printed out usenet? discussion and read them together - Morgan Dawn was quoted

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