A devastating loss of digitized possessions, due to an unexpected and sudden malfunction of a back-up storage device (Time Machine) evokes a complex set of emotional reactions and inquiries into the nature of digital loss. This autoethnographic narrative reveals, through a reverse chronological order (to emulate Time Machine's archival data storage process), how the events followed by the loss impacted my beliefs and attitudes toward the realms of digital technology in our lives, as it relates to a habit and need for archiving and preserving digitalized possessions, both personal and professional.
Enter Time Machine: Grieving 1.67 Terabytes of Digital Possessions
Csaba Osvath is a doctoral student in Teaching and Learning in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. Thanks to Carolyn Ellis and Erica Newport for critical readings of this manuscript and for their valuable suggestions for revisions. I am also grateful for the outstanding editorial support and assistance from the reviewers and editors of the journal. Correspondence to: Csaba Osvath, Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, EDU 202, Tampa, FL 33620, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Csaba Osvath; Enter Time Machine: Grieving 1.67 Terabytes of Digital Possessions. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2018; 7 (3): 27–52. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.3.27
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