Re: [rumori] Prelinger and his archives

From: Vicki Bennett (
Date: Mon Jun 04 2001 - 11:31:39 PDT

>That's just logistics. It would be to hard to include other
>cultures. It would dilute the project even more than it may already
>be. Also, there are some judgement issues at play. I think the best
>representations of American culture to be included in the archives
>should be decided by someone who has actually lived through that
>culture. and Vise-Versa.

I don't see why it's hard to include other cultures when he's
including such different subject matter as it is. I think it is very
easy to include other cultures. Isn't cultural diversity far more
interesting? The list is full of diverse subject matter that is not
exclusive to American history as such. It doesn't weaken American
culture to include films made in non-American countries, in fact it
sheds light in both directions. Surely a cultural archive is far
more interesting than an American cultural archive?

>Steev has a good point. One would think that making an archives
>publicly available would mean creating an interface that is
>functional and efficient. That is not the case with these archives.
>Keep in mind, the purpose of the archive is not really for
>culture-jammers, but the general public. It's kinda like giving
>someone a can of food without an opener :)

Agreed, the problems need sorting, and a one minute excerpt of a
realplayer movie for each would be good. However I would find it
more useful to have a longer explanation of what is covered in the
films, this is what most online archive lists do.

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