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The Pulsing of the Archival Impulse
I look at lots of personal blogs, some on Live Journal and some not. Not many of them show evidence of what I call my "archival" impulse. Even when people write about their past, they don't tend to deploy primary documents to that end. I, on the other hand, am always looking for new items to iron flat between sheets of digital wax paper. My entry from earlier today is the latest example of that work of transfiguration. It's a labor I care for deeply. I can come up with plenty of reasons why. Today, though, I'm not satisfied with the usual ones. Maybe I have less knowledge of the forces exerting themselves on me than I like to think. On the other hand, I remain convinced that my behavior reflects a few basic principles: 1) truth matters; 2) the energy needed to produce a truth of the self derives from the differential between past and present, the historical artifact and the words in which we recontextualize it; 3) even when they are represented digitally, artifacts speak to us in ways that complicate our speaking; 4) it is both possible and desirable to model the construction of a truth of the self in a medium where the passage of time is foregrounded.
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From: e4q Date: August 4th, 2005 09:59 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
hello. i laughed at your sweetness/dourness comment on terri's discussion on icons, so trawled thru here for a bit. i dont have pictures on my LJ mainly to stop myself slipping into pictures instead of words, but i have made lots of postings to citynoise.org and think you might like this one http://www.citynoise.org/article/984 apropos personal archiving...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 4th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Thanks so much for trawling. It's great to find new LJers with whom one is excited to correspond. New people too, for that matter. I really enjoyed your excavation from the archives!

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