This video was made for a final research project
that the class decided to develop in groups. Research had to occur about and on YouTube. This project was one of several videos created by the "Featured Videos on YouTube" group and posted by indievintageclassic
. The assignment included making several videos including a "tour" of their sources, and a final video research project.
The Internet (and YouTube) is somewhere between an archive
and a database
(an organized collection of data for one or multiple uses). Theorists of the archive
discuss the authority and power of the archive (and archivist); its stake in finding and naming origins, producing history, and creating knowledge; and its (impossible) attempts for totality. Related questions are then raised about research and scholarship: "Can a new research library be all digital? How much does it cost a library to preserve a codex? What do large-scale text-digitizing projects mean for scholarship in the humanities?"[cit]