Evolution from Home Movies to Videos in Social Media

  • William Sims BainbridgeEmail author
Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


The range of motion-picture technologies available to families over the past century was exceedingly great, from silent black-and-white 16 mm films, to color, and now a great diversity of forms of sound-and-color videos readily captured in reasonably high resolution by common mobile devices. Examples of screenshots from silent family-filmed travelogues, dating from 1929–1957, begin the process of categorizing topics, highlighting personally meaningful places, people, and events. Dating from 2013–2018, a series of screenshots from videos demonstrates how instruction, performance, and exploration can today expand the ways by which the abilities and interests of family members can be documented. The chapter also documents the use of YouTube, Twitch, and online games to embed motion-picture records in social media. While recognizing the potential of computationally supported dynamic means of preservation, this chapter primarily considers the combination of screenshot non-motion pictures with text and links to external information sources as a reliable means for documenting motion pictures, that can readily be adapted to new hardware and software systems as they emerge over the coming decades. Traditionally, home movies documented special events, like the 1929 Thanksgiving meeting that is the oldest example here, and the 1932 high school graduation also included. However, intentional documentations of everyday activities, such as demonstrations of work activities, artistic skills and game playing, can be of great cultural significance for future generations, and will re-appear in later chapters.


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