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Becoming YouTube’s Grandad: Media, Age, and Generation in a Virtual Community

Susan Aasman

Susan Aasman is Associate Professor of History at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. As a media historian and active researcher, she has written extensively about the history of amateur media and the history of documentary filmmaking. Since 2012, she has served as the chief editor for the Dutch Journal for Media History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Materializing Memories : Dispositifs, Generations, Amateurs

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...This contribution explores the iconic video collection of the YouTube vlogger Peter Oakley, better known as “Geriatric1927.” During a period of eight years, Oakley, born in 1927, posted more than 400 vlogs. Over the years he would receive...

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Susan Aasman is Associate Professor of History at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. As a media historian and active researcher, she has written extensively about the history of amateur media and the history of documentary filmmaking. Since 2012, she has served as the chief editor for the Dutch Journal for Media History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Andreas Fickers

Andreas Fickers is Professor of Contemporary and Digital History at Luxembourg University, Luxembourg. His research ranges from transnational media history to the European history of technology and theory of digital history. He is the co-editor in chief of the open access online journal VIEW – European Journal of Television History and Culture and the author, most recently, of Communicating Europe: Technologies, Information, Events (Palgrave, 2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Joseph Wachelder

Joseph Wachelder is Associate Professor of History at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on interactions between science and culture, and his wide-ranging publication history has addressed issues in higher education, the popularization of science, colour and sense experience in art and science, and educational toys and games. He has previously held positions in Gewina (the Dutch Society for the History of Medicine, Mathematics, Science and Technology) and the European Society for the History of Science (ESHS). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Materializing Memories : Dispositifs, Generations, Amateurs

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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... a constructivist, processual, or narrativist approach of generations. Susan Aasman discusses how in the case of “Geriatric1927, The Grandad of YouTube,” new media were not the privilege of youngsters. Elderly people can appropriate new technologies,...

Saving Private Reels: Archival Practices and Digital Memories (Formerly Known as Home Movies) in the Digital Age

Susan Aasman

Susan Aasman is Associate Professor of History at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. As a media historian and active researcher, she has written extensively about the history of amateur media and the history of documentary filmmaking. Since 2012, she has served as the chief editor for the Dutch Journal for Media History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Amateur Filmmaking : The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... as a “ritual of domestic happiness” (Aasman 2004, 8–9; author’s translation), every family should buy and use a camera in order to celebrate family life. The mass production of such consumer technology enabled a considerable quantity of amateur...

Home Mode, Community Mode, Counter Mode: Three Functional Modalities for Coming to Terms with Amateur Media Practices

Materializing Memories : Dispositifs, Generations, Amateurs

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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... of this domestic and often family-oriented amateur practice. More extensively than Chalfen, media historian Susan Aasman (2004) elaborated on the importance of the ritualistic aspects of the home mode that catered to an “archival desire” to create “visual...

Amateurs: Naïve Artists or Everyday Experts?

Materializing Memories : Dispositifs, Generations, Amateurs

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...What are the skills, the pleasures and the subjective meanings of being “amateur” using the internet to express his passion? The amateur is not the opposite of the professional, he is halfway between the ordinary man and the professional...

Charting Changing Amateur Production Practices: Testimonials of Moviemaking Enthusiasts

Materializing Memories : Dispositifs, Generations, Amateurs

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Between 2008ߝ14, I interviewed a number of amateur moviemakers on various aspects of their leisure pursuit, including reflections on production practices. Many issues related to amateur moviemaking were discussed, but three topics emerged...

How to Grasp Historical Media Dispositifs in Practice

Andreas Fickers

Andreas Fickers is Professor of Contemporary and Digital History at Luxembourg University, Luxembourg. His research ranges from transnational media history to the European history of technology and theory of digital history. He is the co-editor in chief of the open access online journal VIEW – European Journal of Television History and Culture and the author, most recently, of Communicating Europe: Technologies, Information, Events (Palgrave, 2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Materializing Memories : Dispositifs, Generations, Amateurs

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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... in other words, to juxtapose explorative speculation with experimental practical knowledge. The major cognitive value of the public staging of the experiment was found perhaps in what Susan Aasman described as the “art of failure”...

Amateur Technologies of Memory, Dispositifs, and Communication Spaces

Materializing Memories : Dispositifs, Generations, Amateurs

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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... photos. Staging the Home Movie Dispositif, an archaeological media show at the 9th Orphan Film Symposium at the Amsterdam EYE Film Institute, Concept and performance: Andreas Fickers, Susan Aasman, Guy Edmonds, Tom Slootweg, Tim van...

Belated Screenings of Home Movies: Biographical Storytelling and Generational Referencing

Joseph Wachelder

Joseph Wachelder is Associate Professor of History at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on interactions between science and culture, and his wide-ranging publication history has addressed issues in higher education, the popularization of science, colour and sense experience in art and science, and educational toys and games. He has previously held positions in Gewina (the Dutch Society for the History of Medicine, Mathematics, Science and Technology) and the European Society for the History of Science (ESHS). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Materializing Memories : Dispositifs, Generations, Amateurs

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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... to psychologists’ interests in personal memories and historians’ study of the past. In the seminal paper entitled “Writing the Individual Back into Collective Memory,” Susan A. Crane (1997) argues that the boundary work—my term—by the pioneers who...

The Emergence of Early Artists’ Video in Europe and the USA and its Relationship to Broadcast TV

Materializing Memories : Dispositifs, Generations, Amateurs

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...During the first decade of artists’ video, many artists sought ways to work with the new medium, drawing on the unique and specific properties and potentials it offered. They found themselves within what often seemed an oppositional...