The Future of History in the Digital Age

This semester’s readings were overall helpful in getting  a better understanding for how historians in the field feel about Digital History and its applications. The Toni Weller book History in the Digital Age was quite useful in getting a basic understanding of where the field is at, but it already five years outdated which in the digital world can be a long time. The Cohen and Rosenzweig book found online was also helpful to see where the field of Digital History was coming from. There were a few choice articles/blogs thrown in that were enlightening, however, there was also a number of blog posts that seemed repetitive and ones that didn’t contribute much to the discussion about digital history. Learning about things like copyright, social media, metadata, and digital preservation was good for the course, but I personally feel like more attention could have been paid to digital projects and how they were completed/the outcome.

There were multiple examples of this in Weller and Cohen/Rosenzweig but far too often they weren’t expanded on (though there was a great chapter in the Weller on the Reading Experience Database not ‘assigned). The readings on Wikipedia were interesting, although I’m not sure I gained much seeing as a college student’s knowledge of Wikipedia is generally rather robust (given all the projects that start there). The section on social media was relevant for our digital age, but I still don’t see the strong connection between performing history, public or otherwise, and interacting with an audience through social media. With the rise of Russian bots, moral-less vloggers, and extremists groups on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, ect., it seems like social media is becoming less of a platform people take seriously.

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