Ng – Question 4
4What is the relationship between social protest and social-protest archiving?
¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 I think each one informs the other. I’d like to think we’ve mostly done away with the myth of archival neutrality and accepted that archives and the choices we make as archivists (in terms of selection, arrangement, description, providing access, etc.) are inherently political, whether we are challenging or reinforcing the status quo. So, in their decision-making processes, archives can perhaps look to social-movement principles—such as inclusion and diversity, social justice, and equity—for guidance. Documenting the Now is an example of a great project that is incorporating these kinds of principles into collecting social-movement tweets.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 On the flip side, social movements can also learn and benefit from archives, using them as a resource to understand the past, tell stories, and build continuity and cohesion within communities.