Decentering the discipline? Archaeology, museums and social media

Walker, Dominic ORCID: (2014) Decentering the discipline? Archaeology, museums and social media. AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology, S1. pp. 77-102. ISSN 2171-6315

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In recent years archaeologists have asserted the value of social media for achieving goals such as 'shared authority' and the 'empowerment' of various communities. These assertions often resemble techno-utopian discourse. However, it is essential to critically consider these assertions media studies and Indigenous and collaborative archaeology, which have particularly emphasised the need for a greater awareness of sociopolitical contexts. Informed by this literature, this paper surveys some of the emerging and established uses of social media by archaeologists and museums, and proceeds to introduce factors that challenge the broadly positive discourses about the impact of social media on various communities. It also highlights the need for short- and long-term impact studies.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.23914/ap.v4i2.61
Additional Information: © The Author 2014. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Keywords: Museums, Social Media, Archaeology, Internet Studies, New Media, Inequality, Collaboration, Authority
Subjects: Arts > Gallery and museum
Social sciences > Communication and culture
Depositing User: Dominic Walker
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 11:52
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:51


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