The work of German scholar Wolfgang Ernst has become increasingly influential within media archaeology. Ernst has sought to define a border between the field and traditional media history, arguing that media archaeologists should focus on the study of technological artefacts and processes. He places significant stress on the importance of media archives yet his approach to such institutions is primarily theoretical. Meanwhile, the theoretical basis for some types of media archive research is somewhat lacking. This raises the possibility of whether cross-pollination between media archaeology and these fields might prove mutually beneficial. This paper examines aspects of Ernst’s writings alongside material from a recent archival project focused on a Northern Irish television series to provide an overview of the possibilities.

Additional Metadata
Keywords media archaeology, Wolfgang Ernst, Northern Ireland, missing programmes, archival studies, Counterpoint, Ulster Television (UTV)
Publisher Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Persistent URL
Journal VIEW Journal
Rights Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
Note VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 4, No 7 (2015); 11-20
Griffin, Ken. (2015). The Lessons of Counterpoint: Wolfgang Ernst’s Media Archaeology and Practical Archival Research. VIEW Journal, 4(7), 11–20. doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2015.jethc078