A case for digital squirrels: Using and preserving YouTube for popular culture research

  • Lindsay Kistler Mattock
  • Colleen Theisen
  • Jennifer Burek Pierce
Keywords: YouTube, preservation, archives, digital scholarship, Web 2.0

Abstract

YouTube users around the globe upload 400 hours of content every 60 seconds, a quantity that leads to descriptions of the platform as “the world’s largest archive of moving images.” We look at how the myth of YouTube as an archive arises and evaluate sources that show its shortcomings in this respect. These discussions ground our recommendations for developing new practices for archiving YouTube content to support scholarly research, a recommendation that starts with a squirrel.

Author Biographies

Lindsay Kistler Mattock
Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, School of Library and Information Science
Colleen Theisen
Outreach and Engagement Librarian in Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa
Jennifer Burek Pierce
Associate Professor, University of Iowa, School of Library and Information Science
Published
2017-12-31
How to Cite
Mattock, L. K., Theisen, C., & Burek Pierce, J. (2017). A case for digital squirrels: Using and preserving YouTube for popular culture research. First Monday, 23(1). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v23i1.8163