(IMDb)

September 2, 2008

One seed of an idea I’m thinking about is what a parenthetical archive might be. 

Parentheses often contain and store information. In what ways does a parenthetical perform an archive-function, especially in relation to media studies and academic scholarship more generally? In academic writing, when we introduce a film into a discussion, we follow it with parentheses listing its director, country of origin, and year of production. I usually acquire this information from IMDb, along with names of actors, which are also written in parentheses following a character’s name. 

Could IMDb be considered a parenthetical archive, a website gleaned to fill in empty parentheses?

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