Ephemeral media

A new research team at Nottingham is looking at 'ephemeral media' through a series of workshops starting next year. The fleeting, ephemeral nature of online media content has been a real problem for those of us studying how people make use of news because you can't always find the news people say they consumed. I spent 6 months in a library basement reading newspaper editorials during my PhD which was profoundly boring but at least the media content wasn't going to disappear. Today, even digital archives we think are reliable are subject to political interference and we cannot be sure what is missing from the original story, or what stories are missing. So this attempt to get a grip on our ephemeral media is timely.