The Old Scholar's Historical Thoughts

September 12, 2009

Fundamental Questions

Filed under: Readings — theoldscholar @ 2:29 pm

This weeks readings had so many interesting topics. . The issue of open access discussed in the article Interchange: The Promise of Digital History, talked about by Lynn asks the basic question – Why do we become historians?

Another fundamental question raised was “Why do we study the New Media?” As Cohen and Taylor talked about in the Interchange article, and was referenced in the Digital History book, we need to realize that digital history is TOOL to help us meet our end. We don’t have courses on creating historical articles, or writing history books.  As Michael Frisch said in the Interchange article, “Quantitative history – for example, has come and gone, as a defining rubric – in part because it has won, and many historians routinely and effectively deal with quantitative data when they want to or need to in a fluid and responsive inquire-drive way. “  We must clearly define what we want to do (See Lynn’s post) and who our audience is (Cohen and Rosebzweig Chapter 1). I foresee a time when historians use the New Media as a tool and not an end.


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