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Authenticity Revisited: The Cultural Implications of a Digital Reality

Bonnie Mak

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


UNESCO’s "Memory of the World" and Google Print are just two of the many projects that seek to digitize our cultural record. The duplication, preservation, and dissemination of these sources with digital technology, however, come at a cost. The panel will explore the cultural implications of transferring and re-rendering our historical, cultural, and intellectual legacy in a new medium.

In addition to exploring the idioms of digitized informational realities, the panel will also investigate how, recursively, these spaces are effecting change in the analogue world. The re-appearance of historical artifacts as digitized entities, as well as the emergence of born-digital entities, has forced us to question our traditional ideas about what constitutes an original or a copy, and what we mean by the term 'authentic'.

Inspired by the success of last year’s session, "Authenticity: New Personas for Digital Media," the panel for 2006 will take a more comprehensive look at the concept of authenticity in both analogue and digital environments. This interdisciplinary panel of established and junior scholars from the humanities and the social sciences will suggest new ways of approaching and understanding emergent informational realities.

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