House of Leaves Exhibit Review
Considering we have been interacting with the House of Leaves/A Million Blue Pages page a lot this semester, I have decided to use it as my exhibit of evaluation for this assignment. Using the criteria listed on the Museums and the Web 2012 (MW2012): Best of the Web: Review Criteria, I have I decided to cover the content and interactivity of this digital exhibit because I find its importance quite valuable. I believe there is a large difference between a physical exhibit and a digital one. I also think it is more difficult to create a digital exhibit worth viewing. I came to this conclusion based on our own sight creation using Omeka. I personally felt as though there wasn’t much room for error, and that it was difficult to create something everyone would enjoy and delve into more than once in their lifetime.
According to Museums and the Web 2012 (MW2012): Best of the Web: Review Criteria, content was to ‘reflect on the information or experience delivered by the site. Finding whether the content or experience offered an engaging, compelling, interesting experience, and whether the site was audience appropriate, current, regularly updated, open to user contributions, and relevant to and supportive of user goals’ was what I based my criteria on. Also, interactivity was to ‘review the ways in which the site took advantage of the Web, explored relationships between objects or ideas, and encouraged the user to engage with the content presented, with the sponsoring institution, and/or with other users.’ I also used these ideas as the basis for my evaluation of the site.
I did enjoy the idea that A Million Blue Pages is entirely user generated. However, because there were very few limitations on what people could post, it at times was extremely difficult to navigate through. With little to no curation, there were objects in the exhibit that, in my opinion, had little to no relevance to the topic at hand. Occasionally I came to find that a few of the links in the content areas lead to nowhere, which may or may not have been intentional (considering the topic). Considering the fact that it is completely user generated, this site also makes the exhibit engaging, as the audience is the creator. Also, because all things are made by those who come to the site, I feel that the Million Blue Pages site is regularly updated and current, which makes the sight audience-appropriate overall. I do feel that the comment section was a little limiting for the sight. I personally found it to be rather confusing. It seems as though an individual does not have the ability to comment on an individual item, but having the ability to only comment on the organization of items within that subject.
Conclusively, because the content of the sight is mostly relevant and supportive to the goals of the users of the sight, that it is a dandy example of a digital exhibit. Overall, I found the experience of the sight to be rather memorable. It captured my attention in more way than one, and was unique to anything I have seen before. I did go back to the sight more than once over the course of the semester, not only to just view the items, but also to gain ideas and perspectives on things I could create myself to add to the exhibit. Though I found some of the objects to be rather confusing or non-relevant, I thought the site in itself did a good job of organizing data, and being able to focus directly on specific pages of the book was helpful.
Source: Museums and the Web 2012 (MW2012): Best of the Web: Categories.