Pasta Prologue: Archival and Gallery Humor

  • Archive, a British rock band, reported by Terry Cook to the ARCAN-L mailing list on January 16, 2003, as "some sort of bastard child of Radiohead and Pink Floyd" (a quote from an unnamed source). Check out their Web site for an excellent, promotional use of "archival" (historical) records.
  • The Dead Media Project (via Tom Jennings, successor to Ian Campbell's site) is science fiction author Bruce Sterling's initiative to document through Internet communications examples since time immemorial of defunct communications media. Alternate URL: The Dead Media Project Text Archive (link inactive as of January 29, 2000) is sponsored by the Media History Project Inc. which also documents and contains links to various Web sites on the history of mass media.
  • Dilbert, the adventures of the cubicle-challenged engineer, some of whose past experiences with records management and archival issues have been skillfully portrayed by cartoonist Scott Adams
  • Doonesbury Electronic Town

Professor Luciana Duranti, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, originated the phrase "Pasta Prologue" as a pun on the United States National Archives and Records Administration slogan "What's Past is Prologue," itself taken from William Shakespeare's play The Tempest, Act II, Scene I, where Antonio says

Whereof what’s past is prologue, what to come
In yours and my discharge.