Technological Artifact: Jessica Harja

For my technological artifact, I chose to go with books as a defining object for my generation, and more realistically myself. In all honesty, I don’t really remember much technology from when I was a kid. Cassettes were on the downwards slope, we had CD players, and MP3’s weren’t a thing until middle school. Cell phones and Ipods definitely didn’t gain as much popularity until 6th grade from what I can remember. I don’t recall having a laptop until the beginning of high school. Then again, I moved around a lot as a kid…

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Shown here are some of the books that I’ve read that my father gave me one summer. Photo by Jessica Harja, August 2018. 

That being said, the most common form of media I can remember are books. Books were always a constant from place to place and from school to school. Two of the bigger ones being Harry Potter and Twilight series. This media was so easy to escape to. A whole world full of events, characters, histories, and worlds all in 500 worded pages packed between two hard covers with artwork on them. I am willing to admit, I got caught on a few occasions reading a book while in class because it was definitely more interesting than what the teacher was talking about for the day. Some of the more enjoyable books I’ve read were from my father’s collection shown in this post. Clive Cussler is an author of numerous books that are a combination of mystery, action, and adventure books. This particular series follows his character Dirk Pitt through numerous stories.

In terms of the Media Archaeology Lab , books are starting to be an older form of story presentation. The more common way of finding books are now online through Amazon kindles or tablets. Even now, I have a mix of digital and print-based books. As a college student, it is easier and more cost effective to have a kindle that can hold numerous cheap books in one location. But from a generational standpoint, I love having books. Especially different kinds of books. Being able to hold the weight of the book and the story it holds in its vast pages and to smell the ink on the paper is a vastly different experience than holding a singular weight object that eventually gives you a headache because it is a backlit screen behind the words.

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