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[ARSCLIST] Is authenticity possible in the virtual world

You may be interested in the program below.

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> From:         Fred Lipsett[SMTP:lipsett@xxxxxxxx]
> Reply To:     Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> Sent:         Wednesday, 25 June 2003 11:41 AM
> To:   ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject:      [ARSCLIST] A propos Queen Victoria
>     A propos the recent discussion of a recording by Queen Victoria, BBC
> Radio 4 will be webcasting an hour long  program about early British
> recordings, and  the Queen will be among those mentioned. The program is a
> regular one called The Archive Hour to which I often listen. The webcast
> will be on Saturday June 28th at 3:00 pm EDT, and may be heard best on
> Internet Explorer at
> <http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/>
> If you click on "Listen Live" a radio player appears, which uses Real
> Player. The program is archived for a week at the same site, and can be
> heard at your convenience by selecting "Listen Again,"
>     Here is a description of the program, from the "What's On" part of the
> site.
> The Archive Hour
> How True?
> At the end of the 19th century, sound recording gave the world a new
> resource of immense historical importance; the evidence of authentic
> witness - or did it? The BBC has a handful of recordings of Gladstone, but
> each is strangely different. Oscar Wilde, Queen Victoria and Henry Irving
> are all in the archive, but are these recordings actually them? Sean
> Street, Professor of Radio at Bournemouth University, investigates these
> distant voices - and some more recent such as Churchill's - revealing how
> true they are, how we know and if it matters anyway. He questions too if,
> in our increasingly virtual world, authenticity is possible at all.
> Fred Lipsett
> Ottawa

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