'It's like the space shuttle blows up every day': Digital television heritage as memory of European crises in the age of information overload

Berber Hagedoorn*

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    Television is a public mediator of what constitutes 'crises' in Europe. Audio-visual archives and researchers are facing new complexities and 'information bubbles' when telling stories and reusing televised materials. I reflect on these practices, among others, via a comparative case analysis of the EUscreen portal offering access to thousands of items of European audio-visual heritage. I question how practices of selection and curation can support comparative interpretations of such representations. This approach aims to understand and support (1) interpretations of digitized/digital audio-visual sources in the era of information overload; (2) user interaction with digital search technologies - especially researchers as platform users; and (3) contextualization for reuse of audio-visual texts. Support for cultural memory research is crucial as television's audio-visual heritage can help us to recognize which cultural practices result in the production of specific texts in European societies, representing conditions of the multiple crises that European citizens are experiencing today.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)427-447
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of European Studies
    Issue number3-4
    Early online date11-Oct-2019
    Publication statusPublished - 1-Nov-2019


    • audio-visual sources
    • cultural memory
    • digital
    • digitized heritage
    • disruptive media events
    • European television history
    • information bubbles
    • linked data
    • comparative media research

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