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Digital Vernacular in the 21st Century
Friends used to think it was weird that my husband and I would buy family albums at flea markets. Now the same accusers spend all day on Facebook consuming other families’ images.
Posting, re-posting, liking, thumbs up, thumbs down.
Flea markets are gone, just Ebay now.
Family albums are gone, just Tumblr.
I see more vernacular photos in one day than any other type of image. But the digital world historicizes information before the structures for understanding their meaning have been erected.
I know Flickr/Youtube/Vimeo is telling me a story, but I have no idea what that story is.
If Facebook was a book, would you put it in Fiction or Non-Fiction?
The collection of digital information that is currently accumulating will be the first set of histories that do not present themselves as transparent facts to any reader in the future. Rather, the ability to define digital vernacular through inherent contradictions and missing information is taken as a given.
Pinterest boards are a type of journal/story telling device with no explicated morphological typology.
They are not presented as fact.
They are not presented as stories.
They are simply presented.
Like building a house while you are living in it, my family and I are constructing a historical morphology for meaning in our digital lives.
Please flip through the pages of our album.
Please contribute to it by adding comments, links, etc.
I think I’m telling a story.
I think you’re telling a story with me.
I think it is not art.
I think it’s just the stuff my family uploads.
I think it may be a curated exhibition.
I think I could be wrong.