This is the first edited volume to put the emerging field of web history on the agenda of internet research. Sixteen original chapters investigate how the use of the web has developed in the realm of web culture at large, as well as how the organization of web industries and old media institutions on the web have changed. A number of fundamental theoretical and methodological questions related to doing web history are also examined. The collection aims to explore some of the possible ways of approaching the web of the past, based on the assumption that the past is not only important for historical purposes, but because it must be taken into consideration in order to fully understand the web of the present and the web of the future. The book includes a foreword by Charles Ess and contributions from Kirsten Foot, Steven Schneider, Alexander Halavais, Ken Hillis, and more.
The Editor: Niels Brugger is Associate Professor at The Centre for Internet Research, Aarhus University, Denmark. His primary research interest is website history, and in 2007 he started writing a history of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation's website entitled The History of dr.dk, 1996-2006. He has published a number of articles, monographs, and edited books, including Archiving Websites: General Considerations and Strategies (2005) and Media History: Theories, Methods, Analysis (ed. with S. Kolstrup, 2002).
Contents: Charles Ess: Foreword: History - With a Future - Niels Brugger: Introduction: Web History, an Emerging Field of Study - Niels Brugger: Website History: An Analytical Grid - Kirsten Foot/Steven Schneider: Object-Oriented Web Historiography - Alexander Halavais: Evolution of U.S. White Nationalism on the Web - Albrecht Hofheinz: A History of Allah.com - Ken Hillis: Historicizing Webcam Culture: The Telefetish as Virtual Object - Dominika Szope: Self-portrayal on the Web - Megan Sapnar Ankerson: Web Industries, Economies, Aesthetics: Mapping the Look of the Web in the Dot-com Era - Tomi Lindblom: Analysing and Comparing the Histories of Web Strategies of Major Media Companies - Case Finland - Einar Thorsen: BBC News Online: A Brief History of Past and Present - Vidar Falkenberg: (R)evolution under Construction: The Dual History of Online Newspapers and Newspapers Online - Iben Bredahl Jessen: The Aesthetics of Web Advertising: Methodological Implications for the Study of Genre Development - Charles van den Heuvel: Web Archiving in Research and Historical Global Collaboratories - Brent Jesiek/Jeremy Hunsinger: Collecting and Preserving Memories from the Virginia Tech Tragedy: Realizing a Web Archive - Ida Engholm: Research-based Online Presentation of Web Design History: The Case of webmuseum.dk - Niels Brugger: Epilogue: The Future of Web History.