Collecting and the Internet

Essays on the Pursuit of Old Passions Through New Technologies

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About the Book

The Internet has had a profound effect on collecting—because of the Web, collectibles are now more readily available, collections more easily displayed for a wider audience, and collectors’ online communities are larger and often quite intimate.
In addition, the Web has added new items to the pantheon of collectibles, including digital bits that, whether considered virtual or material, are nevertheless collectible.
In this work, essays discuss the age-old habit of collecting and its modern relationship with the Internet. Topics include individually authored websites, online auctions, watches, eyewear, Kelly dolls, the gambler’s rush of online acquisition, mp3s, collecting friends via online social networking sites, and online museums, among others.

About the Author(s)

Susan Koppelman is an independent feminist scholar, editor and writer. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Alison Franks is a textile artist who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Susan Koppelman and Alison Franks
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 220
Bibliographic Info: notes, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3845-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0917-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      1

1. Collecting the Internet: How Individually Authored Websites Have Generated Nostalgia and a Desire to Collect the Internet

KELLEY C. SMITH FERANEC      9

2. Collecting Materials Born Digital

MARILYN A. DUNN      23

3. Collecting Watches on the Internet

DENNIS MILLS      31

4. Collecting Eyewear on eBay

JEFFREY KESSLER      41

5. The Konnection of the Kelly Kollection: Kelly Doll Collectors and the Internet

JO ANN KELLY GRAHAM      47

6. Gambler’s Rush: All That Glitters, Etc.

JULIA PENELOPE      60

7. On Collecting “La Vie en Rose”

TERRY EVERS      72

8. I Want My MP3s: Music Collecting in the Digital Age

ANNELISE SKLAR      81

9. Trading Online Objects on Friendster.com: Cyber Collecting as Socialization

CARSON METZGER      96

10. Tales from the Thrift: Thrift-shopping Enthusiasts Tell Their Stories Online

ALISON FRANKS      108

11. The Venus of Willendorf Project

BRENDA OELBAUM      120

12. Grandmom’s Collection

ELANA C. HURWITZ      138

13. Being Collected: Selling Art on the Internet

HAROLD SMITH      147

14. The Past Is Always on Sale: Revisiting Culture as Commodity: Internet Auctions and Judaica Collecting

EMILY ALICE KATZ      158

15. Online Museums, Exhibits, and Archives of American Disability History

PENNY L. RICHARDS      168

16. Online Therapy, Obsession, and Entertainment: Adventures in the International Cyber Bazaar

SUSAN KOPPELMAN      180

About the Contributors      197

Index      203