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Public heritage and the promise of the digital

Kidd, Jenny 2018. Public heritage and the promise of the digital. In: Labrador, Angela M. and Asher Silberman, Neil eds. The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice, Oxford Handbooks, Oxford University Press, (10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190676315.013.9)

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The “promise” of the digital has been a democratization of the notion of heritage, and a disruption of ideas about ownership, authorship, and authenticity that might have seemed more straightforward in the recent past. This chapter overviews the possibilities brought about by these developments before introducing a series of ethical questions that they bring sharply into focus for museum and heritage practitioners. It appraises three practices which exemplify this conflicted terrain and demonstrate the issues at stake: heritage institutions’ uses of social media, crowd-based methods, and immersive mobile encounters. The chapter concludes that reflexivity is fast becoming a core professional competency for those working in digital heritage contexts.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190676315
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 August 2018
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 02:05

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