Resistance, Disruption and Belonging: Electronic Video in Three Amateur Modes

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    Abstract

    This doctoral thesis returns to the period before the explosive rise of YouTube. The slow introduction of video as a consumer media technology, from the mid-1960s onwards, set in motion a long phase during which expectations were rife with video’s potential for everyday users in terms of participation and media democratisation. This particular era has been largely ignored in Dutch media history. In this thesis the gap is filled and it is revealed that video was able to capture popular imagination for a considerable amount of time during the second half of the twentieth century. By studying a wide array of sometimes forgotten sources, from official as well as private archives, a new picture emerges of a turbulent time in which the possibilities of video were understood in various ways. With three case studies of distinct historical amateur media practitioners, it is shown that video acquired meaning in terms of “resistance,” “disruption” and “belonging.” The thesis successively discusses a progressive video collective from The Hague, a traditional amateur film club in Groningen and a Dutch expat family in the Middle East. Whereas the idealistic collective claimed video to bring about socio-political change, and to give a voice to the under-represented, outspoken members of the amateur film club regarded the use of video as a threat to the cherished hobby and the spirit of community. The expat family, in contrast, saw many new possibilities in video to capture the dynamic of the family, in sound and vision, against the backdrop of a foreign environment that became their new, temporary home.
    Translated title of the contributionVerzet, verstoring en verbintenis: Elektronische video in drie amateurmodi
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Groningen
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Wijfjes, Huub, Supervisor
    • Aasman, Susanna, Co-supervisor
    • Dijck, J.F.T.M., Assessment committee, External person
    • de Leeuw, J.S., Assessment committee, External person
    • van den Oever, Annie, Assessment committee
    Award date9-Apr-2018
    Place of Publication[Groningen]
    Publisher
    Print ISBNs978-94-034-0544-5
    Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-0545-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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