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Considering Todd’s Tape: The Textual Transition of Videotape Miscellany

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Homemade video-recordings of television broadcasts are both archival and anarchival in nature. This essay considers the particular contributions of “miscellaneous” videotape recordings as precarious documents of television heritage and expressions of place-based cultural memory. In transcribingtelevision broadcasts, miscellaneous video-recordings createdpalimpsests of ephemeral content. No longer in active use, miscellaneous tapes have undergone a transition from dynamic and re-recordable to static texts. In describing the content of one example from Nova Scotia, Canada, this essay considers what miscellaneous videotapes have become after their textual turn.
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Keywords: Television recording; VCR; ephemera; miscellany; videotape

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, NS)

Publication date: June 1, 2018

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