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Authors | Sandra Gabriele

Sandra Gabriele is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University. She is co-author of the forthcoming book, The Sunday Paper (University of Illinois Press), which traces the popularization of the weekend edition in North America, 1880s to the 1920s. She is also co-editor of Intersections of Media and Communications: Concepts and Critical Frameworks (Emond Montgomery, 2011). She is currently at work building a newsgame, The Oldest Game, about recent challenges to Canada’s prostitution laws.

Articles on Amodern by Sandra Gabriele


From Paper to Microfilm to Database

This paper seeks to better understand what happens to the newspaper when its print and microfilm forms are digitized and databased. This transfigurative process creates a complex weave of materials, practices and protocols circulating from public institutions to a series of private corporations, and, as the digitized papers flicker in and out of visibility, raises important questions about access. The result is the epitome of what Roy Rosenzweig has described as “the fragility of evidence in the digital era,” and a natural object for investigation through network archaeology.