i think we need to stop valuing archives that preserve original works in mint condition and start valuing chronicles documenting how people interacted with and responded to said items

this is a form of archive, too, just of cultural moments instead of tangible works

i think of this a lot with respect to games, because games can be extremely difficult to preserve and experience in an archive

but also, you will learn less about the original zelda, as it was experienced in 1987 from playing it than you will from reading and experiencing the vast textual record that followed in its wake

actually having access to the original game and being able to play it is… not that important??


i think thinking of works as moments which are experienced and responded to by a culture demonstrates how silly the entire project of archiving actually is

as if capturing a work will somehow capture the moment along with it, instead of just completely removing it from any and all context

i think if all of the time and money and energy that went into archival went into chronicling instead, actually making record of moments as they happen, the world would be one heck of a more interesting place

also it avoids the sticky problem of “my ex-girlfriend has created an archive of my toots without my consent”

although i hear some people have a problem with “my ex-girlfriend wrote a chronicle of her experiences with me” as well…

maybe five people will fully understand this toot and i love it for that

@onethousandtwentyfour im not sure I agree, it feels to me that theres something about being able to experience the art that captures the moment way better than a chronicle, especially with the way that art which captures things really well isn't always well received in its moment

@onethousandtwentyfour perhaps its different by medium, or maybe by genre.

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