Stolen Times Archive Lab

  1. How well did you do on the entry exercise? How do you feel about yourself now?

I felt like I did terrible but it was on a trackpad so I’ll give myself some slack.

  1. Describe your experience using the interface. Was it easy? Difficult? What features did you notice in the interface? How did it affect your discovery and interpretation of the objects you found?

The interface was confusing; it seems that there was some sort of organization but it was unclear to the user and the links to items weren’t clear of what they would present you.

  1. Identify and describe your favorite object in the archive, including the bibliographic information and scholarly annotations. What does this object say to you about office work? Do you see any correlation with office work in the digital age?

My favorite item is a statue of Smurfette holding a pencil and paper. The scholarly annotations and bibliography is “Object history: stenographer Smurfette (early 1980s).” And it is filed under personnel and sex. This might represent how women usually filled secretary and scribe type positions in a workplace.

  1. Describe the collage that has been assembled in the left side of the interface. Does it have any meaningful relation to the content you’ve discovered?

The collage shows brief pictures of the different items I have recently opened.

  1. Clock out and look through the tabs “Photocopied Collage,” “Object Histories,” “Movement Map” – DO NOT click on “Task Complete” yet (it closes the window). Describe what you see in these tabs and what they say about the content and your interaction with it.

These show the the items you visited and brief information about it. The collage shows pictures while object history shows descriptions of these items.

  1. What is the Stolen Time archive? What is its argument?

The Stolen Time archive shows old ways of taking records of things especially in office settings. They’re argument is that we are losing languages of record taking that have become obsolete.


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