Thinking about archive fever got me excited because It’s something I unconsciously actively participate. Like every other teen living in the 21st century I have an active email account, a Facebook, a Twitter, an Instragram, two separate tumblrs, looking at news stories, looking for articles I read a few weeks ago etc - and that’s just my online presence. These are online platforms I interact with on a daily basis and the time spent of there is distributed to two factors.
1) interacting with people
whether that is writing on someone’s wall, retweeting a tweet or liking someone’s image on instagram.
2) analyse the spectrum of information a certain person (or yourself) have decided to share with the public.
The stream of conscious or the day to day life one wants to share with friends or the public - the archive of it all is fascinating.
I think I’m extremely interested with the online archive fever that is seen in a contemporary, social networking context because to me social networking sites are merely a facade. Everything you post online you yourself have decided for yourself to share it. You filter out what you don’t want people to know about you. You like certain movies/music/pages and allow certain photos to be tagged of yourself on facebook because you want to be perceived that way. So how authentic are these archives? I dont know - I guess it’s a very complex thought. I guess an online archive is authentic in a sense that the things people put online is their decision.
I read an article the other day that there is now a robot that can predict the future by analysing online archives - tweets and news stories. If this is what the future has come to its inevitable to acknowledge how important archives are. Especially if the prediction of the future is at stake!