SXSW 2012: Should Web Sites And Video Games Be Preserved Like Art Is?

Presented by Jason Scott, adjunct archivist at Internet Archive, Kari Kraus, assistant professor at the University of Maryland, and Nick Hasty, director of technology at Rhizome. The “Preserving the Creative Culture of the Web” panel at SXSW addressed an interesting question: “Should web sites and artifacts be treated like works of art or architecture?” Our three panelists discussed how these artifacts, along with video games, internet forums and user-generated forums,…

Have online comment sections become ‘a joke’?

Jezebel has made lots of hay off of sexual harassment accusations against American Apparel Chief Executive Officer Dov Charney. Denton said he’d love to see Charney come into the comments section to defend himself. “If you put it to a vote, 90% would vote to ban him. They hate that guy,” Denton said. “If Dov Charney went into the Jezebel comments, he’d be torn limb from limb; his limbs aren’t…

‘Hoops,’ Carnegie Science Center’s basketball robot, is losing touch after 17 years

Replacement parts are hard to come by for a 17-year-old robot, so science center staff long have known that Hoops is one major breakdown away from forced retirement. That would leave a void not only for a generation of visitors who have marveled at the lanky mechanical athlete, but also for staff who have grown protective of one of the science center’s signature exhibits. In fact, Dennis Bateman, the center’s…