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I BEGYNNELSEN VAR OBJEKTET: Autentisitet, digitalisering og den tapte følelse.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
2010 (Norwegian)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper is presented as a textual analysis describing which authenticity elements are likely to disappear when the archives in a near future almost entirely will be electronic. From this basis I analyze the concept of authenticity from a wider understanding than traditionally discussed in Archival Science. The archival community tends to deal mainly with a utilitarian perspective on authenticity; the archival document as evidence and transaction. The reason behind the wish to bring forward research from related scientific areas is that they tend to treat archival media partly from a different theoretical view, partly as objects. It seems that treating archival media as objects, not merely as logical documents, would have impact on the concept of authenticity. I have chosen photography and textual document as the main archival media based on the rich theoretical treatment especially photography has had, mainly throughout the last 50 years. A treatment and discourse looking upon the media from a multitude of angles: Photography as archival object, as archival medium, as semantically problematic (as to reality and truth), as digitalized and electronic medium, as art medium. There seems to be a loss of authenticity in digitization and in electronic media, but also an increased polarization of the concept itself. On the one hand emotivity and magic as an authenticating force, on the other the highly context-based and rational interpretation of the term. I have also listed a multitude of different terms used in the literature related to authenticity, including fictitious terms made to fill in gaps in the existing confusion of ideas. This dichotomy indicates an irreversible split in the concept of authenticity. A split that needs further research to be fully understood.

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2010. , p. 41
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-11950OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-11950DiVA, id: diva2:347896
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Available from: 2010-12-06 Created: 2010-09-03 Last updated: 2010-12-06Bibliographically approved

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