Digital archivists look to porn, Flash for tips (C|Net)

By Stefanie Olsen

BERKELEY, Calif.–How can society preserve digital art on the Internet the way brick-and-mortar museums can for Picassos and van Goghs?

Oddly enough, at least one preservationist believes the answer might be found in an expression that most curators don’t consider art–online pornography.

“I guarantee that a wealth of pornography from the late 20th century will survive in digital distributed form (because) it’s a social model that’s working extremely well,” said Kurt Bollacker, digital research manager at the Long Now Foundation, a nonprofit fostering several digital-works preservation projects. Bollacker spoke Thursday at a symposium called “New Media and Social Memory” at the University of California at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. (more…)

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