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Re: Just curious.. Have anyArchivists watch "Archive 81" sci-fi series on Netflix?

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Will Chase <[log in to unmask]>

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ARSC Library and Archives Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 26 Jan 2022 21:19:06 -0500

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Hey Steve,

A few colleagues and I started watching this week; we were amused about
some of the plot points.  The main character is a bit over the top as far
as portraying a cliche a/v archivist (he collects homemade VHS tapes and
8-tracks among other things, his best friend hosts a radio drama podcast --
side note, this show is based on a podcast of the same name).

The technical stuff seems mostly accurate, though I'm not a video
digitization/preservation expert (just audio).  There are scenes of him
rehousing various video cassette formats, and cleaning a large reel of
moldy(?) 2" tape, which provides some sense of authenticity.  I think
people will have fun spotting various pieces of legacy audio/video gear.

We also joked about some other archivist tropes that popped up - doing a
special favor for a donor, the salary he is offered for the digitization
temp gig, etc.  Then there's the whole oral history side too I'm sure
others will have opinions about.

Although we're probably getting a bit hung up on some of these details that
most people would overlook, I'm definitely looking forward to watching the
rest of the series, and curious to hear what others think.  There's
certainly a lot more to it than I outlined here, I was just honing in on
some of the archival stuff I noticed as someone who is in the profession.

The podcast is also worth listening to, and I don't think it will spoil the
Netflix version if you listen ahead (as I have been).

Will

On Wed, Jan 26, 2022 at 4:05 PM Steve Ramm <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Curious for feedback from the "archive community"
>  Steve Ramm
>

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