[WebCultures] Welcome!

Heather Ford hfordsa at gmail.com
Sun Sep 28 20:31:57 CEST 2014


Thanks, Michael and Geert for this great list :) I was also at the
Amsterdam conference but missed what I heard was a really wonderful panel
on web histories.

I'm a PhD student at Oxford University. I'm writing about the current state
of Wikipedia in the context of its decline. I'm particularly interested in
Wikipedia's power to represent people, places and events and how those who
control the platform are consolidating that power. I'm also a recovering
open web and IP activist with a passion for methods that are both
historical and ethnographic (thanks to Chris A. for first articulating that
for me).

Looking forward to future conversations!


Heather Ford
Oxford Internet Institute <http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk> Doctoral Programme
http://hblog.org | @hfordsa <http://www.twitter.com/hfordsa>

On 2 September 2014 01:46, Chris Anderson <heychanders at gmail.com> wrote:

> Greetings to all on this very excellent list! And thanks so much to Michael
> Stevenson for putting it together.
> Just a very quick introduction for the sake of all your inboxes. My own
> interest in web history primarily came out of empirical research and a
> little bit of biography: from 2006-2009 I was dong research on the
> Philadelphia-area media ecosystem, and how journalism was being produced
> and distributed in that ecosystem (between 1997 and 2008 or so.) The more
> work I did on the project, the more I realized how important the historical
> aspects of the story I was trying to tell were, and just how fragile our
> infrastructures for preserving that digital history seemed. And it was also
> eye-opening for me to approach the "web" of 1997 as history- my
> undergraduate class at Indiana University was one of the first classes to
> ever have access to a graphical web browser in the history of the school,
> and student email use at the school was only a new years old by then.
> Looking forward to learning a great deal from all the people here.
> best,
> Chris Anderson
> --
> C.W. Anderson, PhD (Communications), <http://www.cwanderson.org>
> Assistant Professor of Media Culture, College of Staten Island (CUNY)
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