Jan 272020

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  3 Responses to “Making it Matter”

  1. The perspective of a story is an incredibly interesting topic. While considering this, Nico Carpenter’s article Differentiating between access, interaction and participation comes to mind. This is of interest in how we think about who has access to technology, who understands the technology, and how that affects how the technology is developed. Underprivileged or marginalized groups are rarely considered when making technology outside of what is legally required. Moreover, if considered, these people rarely have a place to argue whether this inclusion is adequate. In this way, many people have access to technology, but few have the power to participate in its creation and development, and I find it interesting how past and present society consistently excludes various groups from the conversation in which they matter most.

  2. The idea of ‘stewardship’ and ‘care-taking’ in the reading “Making it Matter” is a concept that is certainly imperative and especially relevant when dealing with histories that are seen as traditionally controversial or hidden in the mainstream. As you have mentioned above, the importance of differentiating between ownership of the archive and ownership of the story is critical, as it places the burden of care and stewardship upon the former and it places possession and a lived through experience to the latter.

    The connection you have between ‘Time Traveler’ and ‘Making it Matter’ is very interesting as both are about claiming and re-claiming narratives, but in unique, distinct, ways.

  3. Hi Madison,
    Here are some comments about your work:

    Good job building up the narrative of your blogpost and choosing an example. I invite you and your peers to think further on the implications of this kind of documentation, by interrogating the role of history in these projects, why does it need to be revisited, as well as the intention: I hope you keep in mind the conversations we had in class about viewers putting themselves in the point-of -view of native americans as something to question. Remember to include a visual that can give your audience a clearer idea about your example.
    Good job with the language you, D.A. and Amy had used! It is clear and well structured.

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