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“Digital collections of photographs: valuable memories or digital clutter?”

Atanasova, J. (2016) “Digital collections of photographs: valuable memories or digital clutter?”.

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Abstract:This research explores one significant part of the digital identity of the modern human - digital collections of photographs. Two main aspects of the digital collections of photographs concept have been manipulated in this work: the creation and collection of photographs. . More specifically, this study tested the effects that the acts of creating and collecting digital photographs (increased quantity and digital presentation format) have on the memory of individuals, the influence they have on the value of the photo collections and on the overall experience of an event. An empirical study with 123 participants was conducted for the purpose of this research, featuring a 3 (digital creation: quantity) x 2 (digital collection: presentation format) factorial design. The results indicate that the digital creation and digital collection of photographs do have a negative effect on the value of photo collections. Regarding memory, the results were mixed. It was found that unlimited creation of photographs diminishes the memory of an event, whereas the opposite is true for digital presentation format, which has no negative effect on memory. Lastly, experiencing an event through the loop of a camera which creates digital files was proven to emerge positive feelings and experiences in individuals, contrary to the previous expectations. . The findings of this study have both theoretical and practical implications. The study extends the scientific body in this area, and on the grounds of its findings, improvements to increase the value of digital collections and their contribution to memory are now possible.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
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