Organizational Websites, E-Spaces, and Sport History
This chapter examines the website of the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC), the country's premier sport authority. NZOC has responded to museological e-trends to ensure its prominence, position, and relevance by appealing to the widest possible audience through a website that is an archive/history in its own right while also drawing partially on other, traditional records. It includes mixed media—historical entries and blog postings, announcements, and links—and is ever-changing. It also contains both fact and affect, allowing visitors to “furrow in its histories, understand its present administration, interact with elite athletes, and network our private online existence(s) with an increasingly popular and populated social sporting space.” The extensive nature of the NZOC site and its merging of historical and contemporary elements raises issues about how sport historians might best use such spaces and what work might result.
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