Category Archives: Archives

Attention vs Distraction



Living our lives amongst and through technology, it’s a wonder that we get anything done. It is so easy to become distracted and turn to Facebook or Youtube as a means of procrastination when we’re supposed to be doing uni work!! It is perhaps quite important then to practise habits of attention such as through yoga and meditation.

Social media has become the ultimate tool in blurring the lines between the ‘public’ and ‘private’, a type of publishing attention, especially for the lives of celebrities and micro-celebrities (such as on Twitter and Instagram). See, already a quarter a way through my blog post I’ve already checked Facebook 3 times, changed the song on iTunes twice and made a phone call!! Okay make that Facebook 4 times…


Distractions are all around us [Credit: The Uniter.]

Distractions are all around us [Credit: The Uniter.

The Commons

The commons act as an essential publishing means through which our attention is attracted or diverted and promotes a culture of creating, sharing and distributing creative works.

There are a myriad of social consequences of the commons; the media that shapes our attention that are supposedly private can sometimes have repercussions, such as apps like Snapchat where the photos are only supposed to last for 10 seconds or less but can actually be retrieved from the phone’s memory/archive.


The Archive of Desire


Well, in case Professor Murphie didn’t want to continue being any more vague with his topics, this week is “desire” and on appearance it seems like it has nothing to do with Publics and Publishing… but on closer inspection I think it does.

With regards to the notion of archives, we are forever indulging in such things; we watch black and white films, we look at old photographs and we constantly use our memories as a storage facility… much like a very private archival system.

Physical archives are not sexy

Humans have a complete desire for archives, and we don’t even know it (unless we’re arts2090 students). Someone even wrote a book on it, however he was French and it was all in French… but it was published in 1996 and touched on a lot of these points.

Modern-day archive… even worse…

Now, excuse me so I can go and watch The Sound of Music on DVD and sing along to all the songs with the words that I’ve stored in my hard drive… I mean, brain.